Tate House Museum and COVID 19

Due to safety concerns associated with COVID-19, our historic buildings–the Tate House and our Means House visitors center — will be closed to the general public for the June through October 2020 season. We are sorry that regular inside tours of the Tate House will not be offered and the Gift Shop and restroom will also be closed.



Instead of our regular Tate House tours, we’ve developed an outdoor tour and we’re  working on virtual activities, adapting to the pandemic challenge with new and modified programming to engage our enthusiastic public.

Tate House is a survivor.

Fires. Wars. Pandemics.

Experience stories of hope and hardship in a new way this summer.  

Tate House Museum in historic Stroudwater has cancelled its indoor tours this season due to the COVID pandemic. Instead, we provide visitors an alternative way to experience the history of our properties.

Through September 27,  we are offering a limited number of register-in-advance-only tours led by experienced docents from the safety of outdoor areas. These “Inside/Out Tours” focus on the history of the Mast Trade, the Tate family, and the Tate’s 1755 home while viewing the historic Tate House and Means House from our beautiful surrounding riverfront properties. Tours last 30-45 minutes, include up to 6 people, and require face coverings and social distancing. Our buildings are closed so no public restrooms are available during tours.

Visitors learn about our historic garden and enjoy views of the Fore and Stroudwater Rivers while imagining the surrounding Stroudwater Village two and half centuries earlier.

Tours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through September 27 at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. Registration and payment are required 24 hours in advance. Call 774-6177 or email info@tatehouse.org.

$12 for adults, $10 for seniors/students, and $5 for children 12 and under. Check this website and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TateHouseMuseum/ for updates, more information, and future socially-distanced programming.

OUTDOOR EVENING LECTURE Saturday, Sept 19, 7:00 PM



If  you would like to be on the guest list for a future ZOOM version of this presentation, please reach us at  info@tatehouse.org 


Behind the Best Room: Exploring the Lives of Domestic Servants in 18th-Century New England

An Outdoor Illustrated Talk by Aimee Keithan, Ph.D.  Conservation Studies, University of York, England.

In the beautiful backyard of the 1755 Tate House overlooking the Stroudwater River and our Historic Garden.

Please check-in beginning at 6:30 PM in the front yard of Tate House, 1270 Westbrook Street, Portland.

Social Distancing and Face Coverings Required.
All seating is reserved and limited to 50 people.
*No Restrooms Available*

Thank You, Business Sponsors: Bernstein Shur, Keller Williams Realty and Maine Day Trip Tours.

Welcome to the Tate House Museum

The 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.

Our Indoor Tours are Closed Due to Covid 19

Outdoor Tours through September 27

Friday, Saturday,  and Sunday

11:00: am, 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm

Registration & Payment 24 hours in advance.

Face coverings & Social-distancing required.





Tate House Museum
1267 Westbrook Street
Portland, Maine 04102