The Tate House Museum was built in 1755 as the residence of Captain George Tate and is family. During that time, they had just arrived in the colonies from Britain. The Captain served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, which oversees the cutting and shipping of white pines from Maine to England. Being so, Tate managed to be successful ad secured about his status in the community, which is reflected in his residence?s style of architecture.
The structure?s clapboards are still unpainted and it is one of the two residences in the city that have unusual indented gambrel roof. It is also the one and only pre-Revolutionary residences in Greater Portland that is open for public viewing. It boasts of period furnishing as well as beautiful grounds and herb gardens.