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Saturday, June 28th 10am-4pm

$5 General Admission. Free for age 5 and under. Stay for the Entire Day

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Craft Fair (lots of vendors!)  Hayrides  Blacksmithing Demonstrations  Mansion Tours

Gift Shop  Storytelling  One-Room Schoolhouse  Music in the Meeting House

“What Remains” Civil War Soldier’s Aide Society Re-enactors

Old Fashion Games of Hoops & Graces and Croquet

Meet the 19th-Century “Bradford Family” in the Farmer’s Cottage

Special Presentations

Miss Dr. Lucy and Maine’s Pioneering Female Physicians, 1850s-1920”

an illustrated talk by author Annette Vance Dorey (11:30am)

Health, Sanitation, and Deadly Diseases

a humorous presentation in 19th-century character by Willi Irish

on the home remedies, customs, and beliefs related to healthcare in the 1800s. (1pm)

The Remarkable Washburns of Livermore”

a talk by Kerck Kelsey, historian and descendant of Cadwallader Colden Washburn(2pm)

Organ Concert

by Jerry Ellis, in the Meeting House (3pm)

Lunch options (hamburgers/hotdogs) available onsite by the Jay/Livermore Falls Lions Club ($)

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake with Real Whipped Cream ($4 to benefit Norlands)

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

July 1 – August 30 | 11am – 4pm (arrive by 3pm to enjoy full tour)

$10 adults, $6 ages 12 and under, $25 family rate

Visit with People from the 1870 Livermore Community

Drop in anytime from 11am-4pm on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday in July and August and visit with people from the 1870 Livermore community in the Washburn mansion, one-room schoolhouse, and the farmer’s cottage.  Tour at your own pace.  Interpreters, dressed in period clothing, portray a local person, 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 using a quill pen under her watchful eye.  Take a tour of the mansion with a Washburn granddaughter as she tells you all about her famous family.  Visit the farmer’s cottage and participate in the chores of the day, such as cooking, piecing, ironing, or washing.

A Living History Tour is a fun way, for all ages, to learn what rural Maine life was like in the 1800s. 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. 

August 30-September 1, 2014.  Register by July 18th.

Color Exploration & Feldenkrais Movement Awareness, taught by Gretchen Langner

Make Art! Move! Spend a long weekend immersing yourself in the pure joy of truly experiencing color in your art, along with enjoying the greater mental and physical flexibility created by Feldenkrais movement instruction.   Have fun throughout the weekend exploring movement strategies that will improve your flexibility, efficiency, and grace.  The weekend includes personal instruction, 7 meals, lodging at the Norlands, tours of the 1867 Washburn mansion and its artwork, special historic programming by Norlands staff, and ample free time to rest and relax. 

For general information about the retreat, click here for the flyer.

To Register

For the weekend schedule and list of materials to bring, click here.

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.

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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