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Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, ca. 1880
Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, ca. 1880

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Maine Historical Society

Only two families occupied the house – the family of Elizabeth Bartlett and Peleg Wadsworth who lived here between 1785 and 1807, and the family of Zilpah Wadsworth and Stephen Longfellow.

Their daughter Anne lived in the house until her death in 1901. With support of her family, Anne donated the house to Maine Historical Society.

Anne and the family wanted the house to be a memorial to the popular poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who had died in 1882.