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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  • Very interesting self-guided, historical tour with staff throughout to answer questions. There were multiple small exhibits throughout the house that added a little bit of extra history and interest b...  more »
  • Though I have limited interest in Wadsworth and Longfellow, I enjoyed seeing the house (check out those period wallpapers!) and relaxing in the garden. Be sure to leave time for the Maine Historical S...  more »
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  • Great exhibit on Wabanaki People. Bringing light into Maine's dark times ♡
  • Wonderful exhibits, many good reference books for sale, membership is well worth it should you choose to join.

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