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.
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.
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: