Perhaps I’m a bit of a geek, but I just loved the tour that Ryan & I took today of the childhood home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Located just down the street from where we live, I cannot believe that we have been living so close for a couple of years now & we’ve only just mustered the gusto to visit! I mean, when we lived on Deering Street I passed it every single day on my walk to work. To me, history is fascinating, & since I’ve been out of school now for a little while I no longer find it draining or boring to listen to dates & names. Plus, standing inside such a gorgeous structure really helps me focus my concentration!
My recommendation today is that you see the Longfellow Museum tour at 489 Back Street *ahem!* Congress Street, tout de suite! You don’t have to be a lover of poetry to appreciate the tour either! There is a bevy of information about Portland’s history, & also about the early years of our nation! In fact, you’ll find that the Wadsworths were quite fond of George Washington & made it well known that they were in fact friends of his.
It being a small house, the tour didn’t take a huge amount of time from our day, but the self-guided tour of the exhibits next door in the Maine Historical Society allowed us to explore the pages of history at our own pace. So go now! Run along! Hear the sad story of this famous man’s beard!
Hours of operation for May-October:
Monday–Saturday, 10:30am–4pm; tours on the hour, first tour at 10:30am, last tour at 4:00pm
Sunday, 12pm–4pm; tours on the hour
The prices are:
Seniors & Students: $7