Portland’s Past

Portland's PastUncover the stories beneath Portland’s cobblestone streets and behind its old brick walls.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Portland, Maine as “the beautiful town that is seated by the sea.” In this volume, Maine author Luann Yetter presents the stories from its past that not only showcase this charm but also illuminate its diverse and exciting history. The founding members of the Forest City braved the harsh winters, but not without scandals and struggles. Portland naval officers battled Barbary Pirates, and privateers confiscated Caribbean rum. And while at least one Portlander traded slaves, many others worked the Underground Railroad as staunch anti-slavery crusaders. Discover Portland from its beginning as a rugged outpost through its development into a quintessential New England seaport.