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Longfellow’s Haunted House Tours In Portland

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Recommends
By USM Free Press

By Anastasia Muca

Everyone has been enjoying pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather and foliage pictures on Instagram this fall. However, October cannot end without getting into the Halloween spirit. The Maine Historical Society, located on 489 Congress St, is opening the Wadsworth-Longfellow House to the general public as “Longfellow’s Haunted House,” this season.

The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, built in 1785, is supposedly the home to many ghosts of past residents. This building was once the childhood home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born in 1807. As an adult, Longfellow attended Bowdoin College, where he became an American poet and educator. Over the course of his life, he wrote lyric poems and became the most popular American poet of his day both locally and overseas.

The first poem he ever wrote was a patriotic and historical four-stanza poem named “The Battle of Lovell’s Pond,” which was published in the Portland Gazette newspaper in 1820. A notable piece of beautiful work from Longfellow was inspired by his very house in Portland. The poem is titled “Haunted Houses.” The first few lines read, “All houses wherein men have lived and died are haunted houses.”

Visitors will get an opportunity to learn about the Longfellow family members who lived and died in the household. The Maine Historical Society is confident there are “quite, inoffensive ghosts” and “harmless phantoms” within the house.

Tours will be held from October 27-30. Each tour begins at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10.00 per person, and reservations can be made by calling the Maine Historical Society.

If you love history and look forward to Halloween and all its creepy festivities, visit this timeless home that inspired one of the most famous men of the time, and be sure to look out for the ghost of Longfellow himself.

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