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The Fire That Shaped Portland – The 1866 Fire Tour with Herb Adams

  • 170 Commercial Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

There are only a few tickets left and they need to be reserved over the phone.  Please call 207-774-5561 to reserve your place.  The office is open Monday-Friday, 9-5.

From the first flame to the smoldering embers, follow the path of the Great Fire of 1866 with historian Herb Adams and Greater Portland Landmarks on a unique trolley/walking tour on Wednesday, July 13, at 6pm.  Read more about the fire here.

The tour will begin at Long Wharf (170 Commercial Street) where we will board a trolley and proceed to the place where the fire is thought to have started.  The trolley will wind its way up to City Hall where, weather permitting, we will disembark and walk down Exchange Street, through the heart of the fire’s destruction.  We will then re-board the trolley and continue on the tour, viewing buildings that survived the fire and ending at the Portland Observatory where we’ll climb to the top to look at the city as those in1866 did after the fire.

Herb Adams is a noted historian and an eight term member of the Maine house of Representatives from Portland’s District 119.   He has written about the history of the Portland Park System and contributed to numerous other publications focusing on Maine history.  He teaches at Southern Maine Community College and is a frequent lecturer on Maine history.

Tour attendees will meet at Long Wharf (170 Commercial Street) to begin the tour. Cost is $40 per person. $35 for Greater Portland Landmarks members and includes admission to the Portland Observatory.  Reservations are required and space is limited to 30 people.   Get your tickets.