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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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Makes Henry W Longfellow Real

HWL was a real person, not just an author whose works are read and memorized by countless... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sarasota, Florida
Worth a stop for some literary & family history

Built in 1786, this is truly historic structure and is where Henry W. Longfellow spent his early... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Home where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived as a boy.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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489 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3414
+1 207-774-1822
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Reviewed 2 days 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

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 5 days 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank jh12095
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Very interesting tour of this restored home and look into how life was back in 1851. The home was built for Henry's grandparents and then Henry's own parents came to live there just a few weeks after his birth. The last person to live in...More

Thank LynnF1974
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We were 4 adults 4 kids (ages 6-9) and we all really enjoyed our guided visit here. On arrival we signed up for the next door and spent about 30 minutes waiting in the bookshop for the tour to begin. The tour itself is guided...More

Thank ChiquiMonster
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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).