Historic Sites & Tours
Deering Oaks Park
Between Forest Avenue and Deering Avenue. In 1689 the Indians and French attacked in Portland. A battle in Deering Woods in which 11 settlers were killed, resulted in victory for the people of the settlement. In Ellen White’s day this was an idyllic spot. She said, “I have spent many pleasant hours in the woods at that place.” E.G. White letter 193, 1903 “I feel a deep interest in the work in Portland, Maine. It was in Portland that the Lord first gave me a work to do as His messenger, when I was but fifteen years old. The City of Portland was greatly stirred by the proclamation of the first and second angel’s messages, and the time has come when the message of the third angel should also go with power.” Ms. 174 (Dec. 21, 1909).
Grant Street - Just up the hill one block is Grant Street. Turn left off Deering Street and you will see a black top parking lot and right in front of the big tree was the location of the first White Memorial Church. Mrs. White asked folks to write to their friends and ask for their nickels and dimes to buy the land. Unfortunately they did not buy enough and later had to move to a larger area, which is where the current church and Conference office are located.
Walker Manual Training School - on the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Casco Street, a Christian Church once stood upon this site. Here William Miller preached two series of lectures, 1840 and 1842.
Life Sketches p. 20 and 26.
Bethoven Hall - on Congress Street (downtown Portland) on the second floor above a store and across the street from Longfellow’s home. The followers of William Miller held Meetings in this hall (an original building). L.S. p. 47.
Bracket Street School - a three-story building now used as a market (original building across the street from a modern-day school). It was from this spot that Ellen, aged 9, was running when she was struck in the head by a stone. L.S. p. 17. Just beyond the school, on the right hand side of the road, is a large rock marking the place of the drug store where they took Ellen after she was struck by the stone. It was the owner of this store that helped take her home.
Site of Ellen Harmon’s Baptism - She was baptized at the ocean beach (directly across from the flag pole) that is now covered with railroad tracks, east of the lower end of Fore Street. The poet Longfellow’s birth place was very near here and a marker (the flag pole) in back of the foundry on Fore Street is close to the spot where the house stood in which he was born.
The Maine State Pier is not too far away.
Chestnut Street Methodist Church - Located behind City Hall on Chestnut Street. The original church where the Harmon family attended is now a parking lot just behind the first building on Pine Street when turning right off High Street (just across from the Longfellow monument).
This church merged with the Chestnut Street Methodist church. This is where the record books are kept stating the Harmon family was disfellowshipped.
Robert Harmon House - Studies of the City records show that the Harmon house was not at 44 Clark Street but located at 94-96 Clark Street. This is where the Harmon family lived and made hats. L.S. p. 47. This is not the original house but the location.
Ellen Harmon traveled over the snowy road from Portland in February, 1845, to West Poland to relate her first vision. The church where this took place has been made into a dwelling, and is on the west side of the road on Maguire Hill, opposite a farmhouse. The old beams of the church can be seen in the rear of the house, and the old pulpit is there. Some of our people have been shown the old church record books, but the owners are not of our faith and might not appreciate visitors.
The Stone wall where Elder White taught Sabbath School is across the road.