Keywords: servants' housing
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Contributed by: Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum
Date: circa 1865
Contributed by: McArthur Public Library
Media: Ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink on linen
The Preble House, built in 1827 on a hilltop over Preble Cove on Great Cranberry Island, was the home to several generations of Hadlock, Preble, and Spurling family members -- and featured in several books.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is best know as a poet, but he also was accomplished in drawing and music. He shared his love of drawing with most of his siblings. They all shared the frequent activity of drawing and painting with their children. The extended family included many professional as well as amateur artists, and several architects.
Captain George Tate, mast agent for the King of England from 1751 to the Revolutionary War, and his descendants helped shape the development of Portland (first known as Falmouth) through activities such as commerce, shipping, and real estate.
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He later served in the Civil War. Servants An unknown number of servants worked and lived in the home during the Longfellow era.
… indicates that the Wadsworth family employed servants to cook, do laundry, clean and care for the family.
An apprentice or servant discharged due to ill treatment, or whose master died, could be bound out again.