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.
During the Gilded Age at the end of the nineteenth century, Americans sought to leave increasing urban, industrialized lives for the health and relaxation of the country. The Poland Spring resort, which offered a beautiful setting, healing waters, and many amenities, was one popular destination.
Images taken by itinerant photographers for Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, a real photo postcard company, provide a unique look at industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, and the communities of Washington County in the early decades of the twentieth century.
… Library Sam Savage McGee inherited the Old Ell from his mother Marcia in 2003 and continued to rent the Old Ell out seasonally as his mother had…
The Old Ell is Born Old Ell, Rye Field Lane, Northeast Harbor 1939Item Contributed byNortheast Harbor Library By the year 1898, despite having…
Harbor Cottage, The Old Ell (“Mame’s House”), and the Big Barn Harbor Cottage at Asticou Northeast Harbor Maine Circa 1880Item Contributed…