Historic Sites In Portland: Spending A Day Rich In History

Summer,Fall,Winter & Spring: Maine’s largest city, Portland is a wonderful place and rich in history. If you are looking for something to do that just may broaden your horizons, why not spend a day in history. Your tour can start right in the heart of downtown on Congress Street where you will find the statue of Nike, the goddess of Victory on Monument Square. This is the monument for all of Maine’s Soilders & Sailors who have died fighting for this country. Just a few blocks away you will find the Wadworth-Longfellow House where Maine’s famous poet lived and wrote. Close by is the First Parish Church, part of Portland’s Freedom Trail. This historic church was constructed in 1825 and still has the original weathervane from the original wooden structure of the church. The Tate House is where mast agent, George Tate and his family resided. This unique structure was in its time considered to be quite stylish and on the cutting edge of design. Heading towards the Eastern Promenade you will find the Portland Observatory which was constructed in 1807. Its purpose was a maritime signaling observation tower which was used to alert merchants of incoming ships. Next, hop in your car and head toward Cape Elizabeth so you can be sure to see Maine’s most photographed and oldest lighthouses, Portland Head Light. Set on the historical grounds of Fort Williams you can also browse around the park to find the cannon batteries as well as Goddard Mansion. Portland has so many more historic places to see one day in history may not be enough so spend some time in history, it’s a fun and unique thing to do.