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.
Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.
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.
John Martin Sr. home, Ellsworth, 1823 Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Description John Martin (1823-1904)…
Researching Your Home Every House has a History Peleg Wadsworth deed of land to Stephen Longfellow, Portland, 1827Item Contributed byMaine…
… house on Brown Street served as a multi-family home. Some houses were divided into apartments (or tenements), others were boarding houses where…