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Welcome to the Norlands


Join us for an exciting adventure into the past. At the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, we offer a variety of inter-active programs to enable our guests to experience life as it truly was in 18th and 19th century Maine. 

Norlands is the family home of the Washburns, one of the great political and industrial dynasties of the 19th century. Of the ten children born to Israel and Martha Washburn, seven sons rose to serve as governors, congressmen, a United States senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain. 

As industrialists, the brothers' achievements included founding of the Washburn-Crosby Gold Medal Flour Company, invention of a typewriter, and serving as president of a railroad.

Today, Norlands is a multifaceted museum offering in-depth experiences in 18th and 19th century rural life. Here, the visitor is an active participant in daily and seasonal farming and housework, and becomes involved in the social, political and educational activities of the times.

"When the long dun wolds are ribb'd with snow,
And loud the Norland whirlwinds blow,"

From: THE BALLAD OF ORIANA,
by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)


Martha Washburn & Sons

Upcoming Events

(for more info go to the events page

SUMMER LIVING HISTORY TOURS - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

July & August  |   11:00am-4:00pm 

NOTE: The site is closed on Saturday, August 27th for a private wedding. 

Admission: $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate (20% admission discount for members)



Now Accepting Reservations for School Programs
Journey into History

Experience our Journey II Farm Program

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©Washburn Norlands Living History Center
Washburn-Norlands Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization

290 Norlands Road
Livermore, Maine 04253

Phone: 207-897-4366
Fax: 207-897-4963
Email: Norlands@norlands.org

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