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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. 

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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