Portland, Maine is full of history and culture; from being the state’s first capital to being the birthplace of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Portland Mayor Neal Dow (the so-called “Father of Prohibition”) hiding rum in City Hall in the mid-1800’s to being destroyed – then rebuilt (thus our city’s motto, “Resurgam”, which means “I shall rise again”) – by widespread fire multiple times, we’ve got a very passionate past.
In 2016 we’re celebrating Greater Portland’s rich, vibrant, and interesting history with our “Portland Preserved” series: a once-a-month exclusive look into an iconic business, landmark, or historical site located right here in southern Maine.
Our Summer season started on the Sunset Cruise with Casco Bay Cruise Lines. We enjoyed a three hour tour of the bay, an abundance of good food, and cold drinks while learning a bit about the islands just off the immediate coast of Portland. Check out the reviews and photos here!
Courtney C: “I would definitely take it [Sunset Cruise] again and bring food & drink because we had an awesome time. I could tell the captain of the boat was trying to give information about the area we were in…”
An extremely hot August day found us exploring the Eastern Cemetery with Spirits Alive. This cemetery located in the East End of Portland was established in 1668 and is the oldest historic landscape in the city; the final resting place to sea captains, lighthouse keepers, congressmen, and officers. Read through the reviews and take a look at the photos here.
Rebecca A: “…we traipsed all through the Eastern Cemetery exploring the work Spirits Alive has done to conserve and the details in the stone work.”
In September we were invited to a private, intimate tour of the Wadworth-Longfellow House courtesy of the Maine Historical Society. We learned about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his poetry, but also about his incredibly independent sister Anne Longfellow Pierce. Reviews and photos can be found here!
Debra S: “The house is beautiful and remarkably well preserved. The garden behind the house is a peaceful oasis in the middle of our busy little city. I would highly recommend this tour for locals and those from away.”
Jill Lepore wrote, "The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn't enter into it." So join us in the (re)discovery of amazing historical places right here in Maine. All you have to do to join us is RSVP as #PortlandPreserved is open to everybody!
For more information on the amazing locations we visited:
Casco Bay Cruise Lines • Spirits Alive • Wadsworth-Longfellow House
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