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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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What's great about this house is the furnishing is authentic. The house was left fully furnished... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cyndi G
Don't go unless you can get on a tour!

They only had one tour on the day that I went and it was over by the time that I arrived. They... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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Reviewed yesterday

What's great about this house is the furnishing is authentic. The house was left fully furnished to the city. The gardens are also worth seeing and sitting in.

Thank Cyndi G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They only had one tour on the day that I went and it was over by the time that I arrived. They still charged me the full price which, even with my senior discount, was $12 and told me it was "self guided". There were...More

1  Thank lindamae10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

HWL was a real person, not just an author whose works are read and memorized by countless generations of American students. His house in the center of Portland brings his life to life. It wasn't simple to live "back then." The staff are welcoming, the...More

1  Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built in 1786, this is truly historic structure and is where Henry W. Longfellow spent his early years. You can tour two floors and see the furnishings and artifacts as the house appeared in 1851. The day we visited there were junior docents, middle school...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I would highly recommend a visit. We took a tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The fact that the house has all of the original furnishings is amazing, since it was never out of the family's hands. The reasonable fee also included a visit to...More

Thank BethFlorida
Reviewed 4 July 2017

When I visited they only offered self guided tours....which I normally love. However we were not given any booklets or information on the house, rooms, furnishings etc! So...while it was a lovely house with beautiful gardens....I really gained no knowledge of the man or the...More

1  Thank jh12095
Reviewed 27 June 2017

I loved looking into the past. The tour was fun and very informative. We also went on the tour with the fire engine. That is how we became aware of the home.

1  Thank dmendelss
Reviewed 19 June 2017

my husband and i visited on a saturday morning. we were able to enjoy the entire house to ourselves and were educated by two very informed tour guides [one on each floor]. the house it very homey and you feel as if the family has...More

Thank Danes1221
Reviewed 17 June 2017

For those interested in local history and literary figures, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is a do-not-miss. It is in the middle of downtown, next to the Maine Historical Society bookstore. The W-L House is somewhat unique among historic houses because the furnishings in the house, which...More

Thank kathleend792
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Great tour of the house and learned interesting historical details. The Maine Historical Society had a display of Mainer involvement in WW1.

Thank KarenOxford_Ohio
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8 June 2017|
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Response from MaineHistorical | Property representative |
Hello, in addition to being open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is also open for tours on Sunday from 12pm-5pm (June through October).