Keywords: Early Homes
The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.
Young men and women in the 19th century often went away from home -- sometimes for a few months, sometimes for longer periods -- to attend academies, seminaries, or schools run by individuals. While there, they wrote letters home, reporting on boarding arrangements and coursework undertaken, and inquired about the family at home.
Letters to and from Sebago soldiers who served in the Civil War show concern on both sides about farms and other issues at home as well as concern from the home front about soldiers' well-being.
As early as 1850 the house was recognized as a historic site. Over the years many people have described the house and left a record of their…
By the early 1800s, the house was at the center of a thriving New England city. Since then Portland has expanded, burned, and undergone dramatic…
Early Years on Mt. Desert Island Higgins Saw Mill, Somesville, 1890Higgins Saw Mill which is believed to have been located in Somesville.Item…