Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland Maine

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Wadsworth-Longfellow House

In 1902, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House was opened to the public and became the first house museum in Maine. Located in Portland, Maine, this house, which was his childhood home, stands as a memorial to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, his influence, work, and family. This house was the home to three generations of a family that is known for the significant contributions that they made to the literary, cultural, and political life of New England and the United States. Read More

A visit to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House is an experience of a lifetime. This home was built in 1785-1786 by General Peleg Wadsworth and remained the family home from that time until the death of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow's younger sister, Anne Longfellow Pierce, in 1901. Mrs. Pierce had deeded the house to the Maine Historical Society in 1895 and it was taken over by the Society in the same year of her death.

When you walk into the home, it appears as if the family members had just walked out the door in front of you. Nearly all of the household items are original to the Wadsworth and Longfellow families. The home is filled with three generations of household belongings.

In addition, the House is important in the history of architecture of New England. This structure was the first totally brick dwelling in Portland. Originally, it was a two-story structure with a pitched roof. A third story was added in 1915. This is the oldest standing structure on the Portland peninsula.

The House and the grounds have been completely renovated to the era of the 1850's. Visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and step back in time.