The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center Click here to raise the barn!
WelcomeRecovery Begins
About Us
Plan Your Visit
Gift Shop
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,"

by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Martha Washburn & Sons

Upcoming Events

(for more info go to the events page


The Norlands is open by appointment for site tours and group programs in the fall and winter seasons. Please call 207-897-4366 or email to make a reservation.

Celebrate Valentine's Day Eve at the Norlands! 

Dinner Program: The Washburn Women-Keepers of Hearth and Home

Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 5pm-8pm

Tickets: $30 per person, must be purchased in advance.  Limited Seating.  

Enjoy a delicious heritage dinner and entertaining living history programming in a romantic setting like no other in Maine.

Click here for all of the details about this event.


Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 11am - 4pm

Admission: $8 adults; $5 ages 12 and under; $20 family rate

Get out of the house and stop by for some old-fashioned fun. Horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides, craft activities, mansion tours, games, shingle making demonstrations, spelling bee in the one-room schoolhouse, cooking in the farmer's cottage, and more. 

Now Accepting Reservations for School Programs
Journey into History

Experience our Journey II Farm Program

Donate through Network for Good
Donating through Network for Good is secure and easy.


Back to top


©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

Web design and maintenance donated by Protean Graphics

Hosted by Maine Info