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Saturday, October 11 | 11am-4pm

$6 per person; $3 ages 12 and under; $15 family rate (2 adults with 2-4 children)

Details available here.

Step back in time and enjoy “old-fashioned” activities that make a memorable day for all ages Special presentations include a display of early tools and a talk by tool expert HG “Skip” Brack, a concert of Maritime Songs of the Civil War Era by music historian Dr. Stephen Sanfilippo, and a special living history presentation on Livermore’s own Civil War Sailor Sam Washburn.

Other activities include blacksmithing demonstrations, guided nature walks, tours of the elegant 1867 Washburn mansion, apple pressing, games, and scholarly, but fun, activities in the one-room schoolhouse.  Children can visit “Caroline’s Closet” and dress up as a character from the past.  Visitors can participate in living history in the farmer’s cottage as the Bradford family cooks up biscuits with apple butter on the woodstove, string apples, and discuss the latest “gossip” of the neighborhood.  Homemade donuts will be for sale in the Big Kitchen. On the grounds (and weather permitting), there may be a demonstration with Norlands’ team of oxen – Fred and Jake.  

Special Events:

11:30am:  Presentation about Civil War Sailor Samuel Washburn (1824-1890) in the library.

Noontime and 2:00pm: Guided nature walk to the Pools of Simeon. Tour starts in front of schoolhouse.

12:30pm: Display of early tools and talk by HG “Skip” Brack, the founder/curator of the Davistown Museum in Liberty, Maine, in the meetinghouse.

2:30pm:  Concert by Dr. Stephen N. Sanfilippo, “America’s Easternmost Chanteyman” as he presents “Ironclads: Naval Ballads of Iron Warships of the Civil War,” in the meetinghouse.

COMMUNITY READ at the Norlands
Saturday, October 15 | 6:30pm

The first in a series of community reads is focused on The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara.  Read the book and engage in a discussion facilitated by a representative from the Maine Humanities Council.  Extra copies of the book are available to borrow from the Spruce Mountain High School Library in Jay, Treat Memorial Library in Livermore Falls, and the Jay-Niles Memorial Library.  This activity is a part of the Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War project – a partnership between Norlands and Spruce Mountain High School.  Read more about this yearlong project here.

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)

Nappi Distributors (Gorham, Maine)

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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