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Colonial Christmas 2021

         Saturday, December 11, 1:00- 4:00 pm

This open house will feature an afternoon of inside and outside activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Outside, families and friends will have the unique opportunity to have their photos taken in front of the decorated front door of the 1755 Tate House by photographer Ari Kellerman. There will be no extra charge for this activity, but donations are appreciated.

Inside the Tate House, docents donned in period attire will lead visitors on a short tour of the kitchen and sitting room in the 1755 home of Captain George Tate and his wife Mary. They will talk about some of the traditions and customs of the time including the holiday food that might have been served, lighting in the historic house, and how the Tates celebrated the holiday.

The Museum Gift Shop across the street at the historic Means House will be open for holiday shopping with a Colonial Christmas special of 10% off your entire purchase.

Enjoy homemade cookies and sip wassail or cider near an outdoor fire while you wait for indoor activities or to have your photo taken. 

Admission is $5.00 for Members, $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-17, and no charge for children under 12. FREE Admission to this event with a NEW membership to THM. Tickets are available in the Gift Shop at 1267 Westbrook Street, Portland on Dec 11.

Please note that tours of the Tate House will be limited to 8 people per tour and shoppers in the Means House will be limited to 4 at a time. Also, face masks must be worn inside regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for helping us keep all our guests, staff, volunteers, and families safe and healthy!


The Tate House was constructed for Captain George Tate (1700-1794), who had arrived in the Colonies with his family around 1750. Captain Tate served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, overseeing the cutting and shipping of white pines from Maine to England. His position bestowed upon him a prominent status in the community which is reflected in the style of architecture selected for this home. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual subsumed dormer in the gambrel roof. As the only Pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public, Tate House offers an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine through impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds, herb gardens, and unique architecture.

Visit the historic home of Maine’s last Mast Agent and learn how New England forests fueled colonial industry, strengthened the British Royal Navy, and sparked rebellion.

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

Tate House Preservation Projects Supported by:





Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland, Maine 04102

Tate House is now closed for the season. We will open again in Spring of 2022. Please check back for programs throughout the year.
Tate House is now closed for the season.  We will open again in Spring of 2022.