When Peleg Wadsworth built his family home on Congress Street in 1786, he could see the Fore River from his front door. The city grew up around the structure as the Wadsworth-Longfellow family flourished and made history within its walls. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his first childhood poem in the house before going on to pen great classics including "Paul Revere's Ride" and Evangeline. Young Henry watched his father, Stephen, help craft the Maine Constitution and experienced revolutionary ideals of his home city. Step inside the historic Longfellow house and explore the city that shaped a beloved American poet. Black & white photos, maps and other images throughout. Paperback. 142 pgs.