Lucia Wadsworth, Portland, ca. 1862

Contributed by Longfellow National Historic Site


Lucia Wadsworth (1784-1864) was the fifth of Peleg and Elizabeth Bartlett Wadsworth's 10 children. Lucia, who remained single, spent most of her life in the Wadsworth-Longfellow house on Congress Street, which her father built in 1785.

Known as "Aunt Lucia," she lived in the house with her sister and brother-in-law Stephen and Zilpah Longfellow, helping to raise their eight children and run the household. She remained in the house with her niece, Anne Longfellow Pierce, a widow.

The photograph was made on the occasion of her 79th birthday, about 1862, several years before her death.

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About This Item

  • Title: Lucia Wadsworth, Portland, ca. 1862
  • Creation Date: circa 1862
  • Subject Date: circa 1862
  • Town: Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: 3007-4-2-5-7 LFP-B32-F20
  • Object Type: Image

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Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491

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