Historic Homes in Bloom: Victoria Mansion

Victoria Mansion, photograph by William H. Johnson

Featured in New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens by Kim Knox Beckius and William H. Johnson, Victoria Mansion is the former home of successful hotelier Ruggles Morse. The magnificent 19th century structure, housed in the seaside city of Portland, Maine, helped usher in a new architectural era in America. The mansion is a definitive example of Italianate style, featuring a frescoed ceiling in the main hall, and towering, narrow windows that allow spring sunlight to stream in.

From March 30th to April 21st, the Mansion is hosting Wonderama, a three-week event featuring eight steampunk artists who perfectly embody eclectic modern-day Portland, and on sunny Saturdays throughout Wonderama, visitors are invited to play croquet on the manor’s lawn. It’s the perfect excuse to plan a visit this month! Admission is $10, and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.


Victoria Mansion
109 Danforth Street
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 772-4841

To learn more about the mansion, pick up a copy of New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens at the Mansion’s gift store or at Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland.

A long day of exploring and croquet can be exhausting. We recommend recharging your batteries at one of these great local eateries:

Duckfat Restaurant, 43 Middle Street, offers great panini, salads, soup (all made in house), and the extensive beer list includes both great local and international brews, as well as the standard domestic favorites.

Standard Bakery Co., 75 Commercial Street, is a local favorite and is perfect for a quick coffee and a delicious pastry. Bring home some of their delicious bread to heat in your oven the next day!

Hot Suppa, 703 Congress Street, features a funky atmosphere and great, eclectic comfort foods like fried green tomatoes and  bacon-wrapped meatloaf with grits. It’s the perfect restaurant if you’re looking for something quintessentially “Portland.”

This post is part of a larger series celebrating the sites included in our latest title, New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens, by Kim Knox Beckius with photography by William H. Johnson. Keep an eye out for fun spring getaway ideas throughout the month! Oh, and if you happen to be viewing this post in the winter, here’s another reason you should visit Victoria Mansion!


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