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Saturday, September 13 | 1pm-4pm | $5 admission | Free for ages 12 and under

Step into the past with mansion tours, a Victorian fashion show, concert, and pie sale.

Enjoy a slice of homemade pie while listening to music on the front lawn.  Musical guests include Neil James on the violin and the rockin’ Every Other Sunday band at 1:30pm.  Enjoy a Victorian Fashion Show at 3:00pm.  Take a guided tour of the 1867 Washburn family mansion. The event also includes a poster display of artwork created by third grade students from Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls.  A children’s craft activity includes making simple and fun reverse prints using paper and paint.

Whole pies for sale ($12) and slices served up with real whipped cream for a donation.  Proceeds benefit Norlands’ programs.

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September 26-27, 2014

Immerse Yourself in 1870.  Spend 24 Hours on the Farm.

An Exciting, Hands-on Learning Experience for Individuals and Groups

The next 24 Hour Live-In Experience at the Norlands is on September 26 and 27, 2014 and is open to the public and just waiting for you to call and reserve a spot.  Sign up by September 12th.  Space is limited.  For more information or to register, call us at 207-897-4366 or e-mail

Fees are $125 per adult and $95.00 for ages 12 and under.  Registration and fees are due by September 12, 2014. 

This is an overnight introduction to the chores, food, activities, and living conditions of the past and a unique way of learning about rural Maine farm life after the Civil War. 

Here’s a sampling of what to expect for 24 hours:

  • Fully participate in an experiential 19th-century living history program

  • Live without modern technology such as cellular phones and MP3 players

  • Assume the character of someone who actually lived near the Norlands in the 19th century and become a part of a farm family

  • Learn appropriate behavior and customs, speech and colloquialisms of the time

  • Use 19th century farm implements and discover the challenges of cooking on a wood stove

  • Learn the realities of 19th century farm life by participating in indoor and outdoor chores

  • Play period games and listen to stories in the evening

  • Stay in an authentic reproduction of an 1870s Farmer’s Cottage with old-fashioned beds and where bathrooms facilities are chamber pots and privies

  • 3 authentic farm meals, evening snack, one night’s lodging, and instructional materials

Fees are $125 per adult and $95.00 for ages 12 and under.  Registration and fees are due by September 12, 2014

For safety reasons, the physical activities, and the need to participate, this program is open to adults and children age 9 and older.  (4th grade+).   Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Live-Ins last a full 24 hours, from 2:30 pm one day to 2:30 pm the following day.  

Saturday, October 11 | 11am-4pm

Living history demonstrations, mansion tours, hayrides, crafts, games, music, and more!

Saturday, November 8 | 6:30pm | $20 ticket by reservation only

A special Civil War Veterans Day Remembrance program and music in the Ladies’ Parlor of the Washburn mansion. Dinner in historic farmer’s cottage. Limited seating. Reservations required by November 3rd.

Sunday, December 7 (Snow date: December 14) | 11am-4pm

Open house, crafts, music, hayrides, living history, and more!

THANK YOU to the sponsors of the 2014 Rally for Norlands:

Major Sponsor ($250+)

Axis Natural Foods (Auburn, ME)

Mardens Inc. (Waterville, ME)

Contributing Sponsors ($100+)

Gnome Landscapes, Design, Masonry & Maintenance (Falmouth, ME)

Gordon Excavating Inc. (Livermore, ME)

Oakhurst Dairy (Portland, ME)

ReEnergy Livermore Falls LLC (Livermore Falls, ME)

Good Food Store (Bethel, ME)

PalletOne of Maine, Inc. DBA Isaacson Lumber (Livermore Falls, ME)

Sponsors ($50+)

Naples Packing Co., Inc. (Mexico, ME)

Summit Insurance & Financial Services (Rumford, ME)


Schedule your event at Norlands

The Washburn-Norlands Living History is host to a number of special events annually. These events include our annual festivals, conferences, business functions and more. 

If you would like to host your own event, conference, gathering or wedding at the Norlands site, please call us for options.

Schedule your conference or workshop in a beautiful historic setting.

©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

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