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Norlands is always open by appointment for guided tours and educational programs for individuals, groups, and school field trips.  Call 207-897-4366 or email for more information.  

Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic
Launching the Barn Raising!

May 30, 10 am to 12 pm

  • Welcome and Good Wishes
  • Pounding the First Pegs
  • How to Help Build the Barn
  • See the Timber Framing Begin
  • Refreshments & Fellowship
  • Time Capsule
    We'll be placing a time capsule of good wishes in a wall of the new barn. If you can't make the celebration and want your wish to be included, email it to by May 29th.
  • Music by Neil James
  • Special Fundraisers:
    Peg sponsorships, one-of-a-kind Norlands' prints and the book, Josiah Volunteered, edited and donated by Arnold H. Sturtevant
  • Refreshments & Fellowship

5th Rally for Norlands: Civil War Reenactment Weekend
June 13-14, 2015

Don’t miss this historic event with a wide variety of living history demonstrations, exhibits, and engaging activities remembering the activities of the Civil War in the Spring of 1865. The event is organized by the 3rd Maine Company A and 15th Alabama Company G to benefit Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum.

For more information, visit the Rally Page here.


July & August | Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays | 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. 

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 14-16, 2015 |Register by July 10th

Enjoy a summer weekend at the Norlands in the company of other artists! Let the quiet grandeur of our 455 acres of woods, fields, reflecting pools and 19th century buildings inspire your art and offer a pause in the busyness of modern life.

Besides ample time to work or relax, you'll be treated to six delicious meals, evening wine and hors d' oeurves, a tour of the Italianate mansion and its world class artwork, special evening programs by Norlands staff and the option to take advantage of Feldenkreis movement exercises, designed to refresh and inspire. Friends and spouses are welcome.

Stay at the Norlands in our Farmer's Cottage or choose to find your own lodging - the choice is yours!

The cost is reasonable: $300pp pp for lodging at the Norlands, meals, programs, tour and classes; $200 pp when lodging elsewhere. Space is very limited.

Registration and $100 deposit due by July 10. Full payment due by August 1. Details by phone or email. Tel. (207)897 - 4366

Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 6:30pm | $23 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 October 30th.

Sunday, December 12, 2015 | 11am-4pm

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

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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