Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.
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.
… Pine Street was lived in by Brown Stimpson, a druggist and mining expert. The original ceilings were reported to be 12’ downstairs and 9’ upstairs.
… business owners, doctors, lawyers, judges, druggists, opticians, superintendents, artisans and crafters of all backgrounds.
Gove, North Lubec sardine packer; A.W. Kelley, druggist; Pike’s Market; A. Rowell; A.B. Sumner and Co.; Staples & Son, general merchant; F.Y.