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Address: 1000 Shore Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916
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Stunning ruins of times past

Set overlooking the coast within site of the Portland Head Lighthouse, the Goddard Mansion ruins are a site to behold. They speak of times gone by, parties held in a pre-Civil War... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2017
christine102262
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Seekonk, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is cool to see. Years ago you could explore the mansion but it is now fenced off due to structure being unsafe. There are nearby forts to explore. You can have a picnic below by the beach. Beautiful Views.

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Thank mersee
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Beautiful! This interesting nook just spurs the imagination. Great for picnics. Bring a pair of sturdy shoes.

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Thank KateAlice58
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Set overlooking the coast within site of the Portland Head Lighthouse, the Goddard Mansion ruins are a site to behold. They speak of times gone by, parties held in a pre-Civil War era, fires roaring in large stone fireplaces, ladies gliding down elegant staircases. What a mansion this must have once been and seeing the ruins like this, in this... More 

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Thank christine102262
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

I sat for a few moments, after reading the tablet out front, and thought about how it would be to have lived here in its prime. It is a beautiful structure and sad to see it in the state it is in. A must see if in Portand.

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Thank Daniella V
California
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91 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

The Goddard Mansion was probably quite beautiful at one time but now it is simply a shell of a building with a fence around it. The Goddard Mansion is cool to see, however, and read about. Plus, you'll most likely be on a beautiful coastal walk as part of your effort to get there. Obviously, the big draw is the... More 

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Thank John S
San Diego, California
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

I love seeing old buildings and reading about the history associated with it. The building is fenced off to protect from vandalism but we enjoyed the interpretive signage and seeing this old mansion.

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Thank travelingCAgal
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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95 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

You have to use your imagination to see what this house would have looked like in it's hey day. Fenced off. You can walk around it but it's really only a quick 5-10 minute excursion.

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Thank Corbin G
East Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Very evocative ruins in the middle of a large and very well kept and interesting public park. Great place for kids to burn off energy - and hey, you can see the light house while you're there!

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Thank HiMyNameIsKathryn
Ware, United States
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129 reviews
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

Even with just the shell left, you can see what was once a gorgeous mansion of Italianne type design. Build by a lumber baron, it was one of the first mansions on this section of Cape Elizabeth. Used for officers families in WWII and the basement was the Officer club. I wanted to know how it ended up loosing all... More 

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Thank Ms. Elizabeth C
Windham, Maine
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

I truly enjoyed seeing this and reading the history that goes with it. Definitely worth seeing! This is only one of the many things for you to see at this park. Also a great place for kids to run off some energy too.

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