Summer Living History Tours: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Step Back in Time
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am-4pm until the end of August.
Enjoy Half-Price Admission on Saturday, August 30th
Discounted Rate Only on August 30th: $5 per person / $3 age 12 and under / $15 family rate (2 adults with 2-3 children). Normal rates are $10/$6/$25 respectively.
The 1867 Washburn mansion and farmer’s cottage and 1853 one-room schoolhouse will be open for tours. Stop by and meet the characters of Norlands’ neighborhood. Educators, dressed in period clothing, portray a local person or a Washburn, someone you might have met had you visited Norlands in the 1800s. Be a scholar of 1853 in the schoolhouse. The school ma’am will encourage you to practice your penmanship under her watchful eye. Take a tour of the mansion with a Washburn granddaughter as she tells you all about her famous family.
A Living History Tour is a fun way, for all ages, to learn what rural Maine life was like in the 1800s. Tour at your own pace. Round out your visit with a nature walk on a historic carriage trail. A short hike takes you to the Pools of Simeon, reflecting pools designed by William Drew Washburn in 1903. Maps are available in the gift shop.
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful grounds.
AUTUMN PIE & ARTS Saturday, September 13 | 1pm-4pm | $5 admission
Enjoy a slice of homemade pie while listening to music on the front lawn. Also enjoy a Victorian Fashion Show and tour of the 1867 Washburn family mansion. The event also includes a poster contest of artwork created by third grade students from Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls.
LIVE-IN HISTORY EXPERIENCE AT THE NORLANDS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 11 | 11am-4pm
Living history demonstrations, mansion tours, hayrides, crafts, games, music, and more!
VETERANS DAY DINNER & PROGRAM 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.
CHRISTMAS AT NORLANDS 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: