Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland

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The Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a historic house and museum in Portland, Maine, United States. It is located at 489 Congress Street and is operated by the Maine Historical Society. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962, and administratively added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The house is open daily to public from May through October (half days on Sundays). An admission fee is charged.
The house has both historical and literary importance, as it is both the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula and the childhood home of famous American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).
American Revolutionary War General Peleg Wadsworth built the house in 1785–1786, the first wholly brick dwelling in Portland. Wadsworth raised ten children in the two-story structure with a pitched roof before retiring to the family farm in Hiram, Maine, in 1807. His daughter Zilpah and her husband Stephen Longfellow IV were married in the house.
Their son, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born nearby at the home of an aunt, Stephen's sister, on February 27, 1807. The home was a three-story Federal architecture-style home at the corner of Fore and Hancock Streets. Young Longfellow did not move with his parents to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House until he was eight months old, but spent the next 35 years there. The Longfellows added today's third story in 1815.
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  • This tour is only possible because Henry's sister wanted a lasting tribute to her famous brother. Everything in it was original and was placed exactly as she instructed. The tour guide we had wrote....  more »
  • I finally took a guided tour just before they closed for the winter. The house's history is interesting and it's worth the price of admission. To be honest, I've seen more attractive historic homes...  more »
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  • A not-to-be-missed piece of America in downtown Portland is this place that was the boyhood home of one of the great writers. The home has been carefully protected to the same way it looked when the family lived there. There are many unique touches to look for. Be sure to ask the docents if you don't recognize something. Sometimes common household items were different 200 years ago. It's hard to believe this was a small farm with the bustle of a modern city all around. Be sure to take in the gardens! And be sure to go into the museum as there are many things about Maine that your won't see in the home.
  • What a hidden gem in the downtown Portland area. If you like history I really think you should check this out. The people working are friendly and very knowledgeable.

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