Keywords: Franklin House
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1887–1916 Location: Farmington Client: Franklin County Architect: George M. Coombs; Coombs and Gibbs Architects
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1918–1944 Location: Portland; Farmington; Livermore Falls Client: Burnham and Morrill Co. Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects
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.
The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
Several Mainers have run for president or vice president, a number of presidents, past presidents, and future presidents have had ties to the state or visited here, and, during campaign season, many presidential candidates and their family members have brought their campaigns to Maine.
… center, and a building for events such as the Franklin County Agriculture Society. When the farmers drove their wagons to Society meetings, they…
… By 1901, at the 62nd Annual Exhibition of the Franklin County Agricultural Society, held on the Franklin Park, it was stated, “We have the finest…