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Portland Sights

Longfellow House and Garden

  • 489 Congress St. Map It
  • Portland
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Updated 12/26/2013

Fodor's Review

The boyhood home of the famous American poet is the first brick house in Portland and the oldest building on the peninsula. It's particularly interesting because most of the furnishings, including the young Longfellow's writing desk, are original. Wallpaper, window coverings, and a vibrant painted carpet are period reproductions. Built in 1785, the large dwelling (a third floor was added in 1815) sits back from the street and has a small portico over its entrance and four chimneys surmounting the roof. It's part of the Maine Historical Society, which includes an adjacent museum with exhibits about Maine life and a research library. After your guided tour, stay for a picnic in the Longfellow Garden; it's open to the public during museum hours.

Sight Information


489 Congress St., Portland, Maine, 04101, United States

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Sight Details:

  • House and museum $8, gardens free
  • House: May–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–5. Museum: May–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. noon–5, Nov.–Apr., Mon.–Sat. 10–5

Updated 12/26/2013


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