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Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, ca. 1920

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Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland, ca. 1920 / Maine Historical Society

The third story of the house was added by Henry's father in 1815, to accommodate his family of eight children, his sister-in-law Lucia Wadsworth, and several servants.

Henry would pursue his playing of the piano and the flute and his reading and writing within this home. In fact, Henry's first published poem, "The Battle of Lovell's Pond" appeared in the Portland Gazette when he was thirteen.


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