Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Samuel Bartlett Wadsworth, a son of Peleg Wadsworth, wrote beneath this image, "The House in which I was Born, Sept. 18, 1791. Erected by my father in 1785, the first brick house built in Portland. Eastport, Sept 1st, 1868 S B Wadsworth."
The image of the house, on what is now Congress Street, shows elm trees framing the main entrance and a wooden fence screening the working portion of the yard -- and shows the house after it had been modified by the Longfellows.
Samuel Wadsworth moved to Eastport in 1818 and opened a ship's chandlery.
Another of Peleg Wadsworth's children, Zilpah, married Samuel Longfellow, a lawyer. The house, operated by the Maine Historical Society as a house museum, is known as the Wadsworth-Longfellow House.
About This Item
- Title: Wadsworth house, Portland, ca. 1868
- Creation Date: circa 1868
- Subject Date: circa 1868
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 18 cm x 22.2 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 2113, Box 1/1
- Collection: Wadsworth-Longfellow House image collection
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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