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Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Store, 1882

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Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Store, 1882 / Maine Historical Society

This two-story red brick Georgian house was built in 1785-86 by General Peleg Wadsworth, Zilpah Longfellow's father. A Revolutionary War hero, Wadsworth imported the bricks from Philadelphia. This stately home was the first brick house in Portland.

Incidentally, Henry's family also owned the first piano in Portland. Henry was musically inclined and loved to write. From a young age, he knew he wished to be man of letters, but his father wanted him to follow his footsteps and pursue law as a career.


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