On “The Tate Family” house tour you will learn about the mast trade, Captain Tate’s responsibilities, and the family’s way of life in 18th century Maine, including the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War. Because Tate House is an exceptional structure for interpreting the heritage of the United States, it is one of only 2,500 historic places in the country that has the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark.
The Portland Observatory is the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the United States. As an intact survivor from the Golden Age of Sail, the Observatory was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2007.