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Live-In History Experience at Norlands
April 25 -26, 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 April 25 and 26, 2014 and is open to the public and just waiting for you to call and reserve a spot.  Sign up by April 11th.  Space is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.  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 April 11, 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 April 12, 2013. 

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.  

Learn about timber framing and benefit the barn raising at Norlands

Work on a piece of the Norlands barn through its various stage so it is ready for raising day later this spring! 

When:        Saturday, May 17, 2014         9:00 – 4:00

Where:       Maine Mountain Timber Frames in Avon, Maine

How much: $50 workshop fee includes materials, lunch, snacks and instruction

Register by May 9th.  Call: 207-897-4366 or email

For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 28th 10am-4pm

$8 adults, $6 children age 12 and under, $25 family rate

Wagon rides, craft demonstrations, mansion tours, storytelling, one-room schoolhouse, old-fashion games, nature walk, music, and more! Strawberry shortcake! 

CALL FOR VENDORS: Applications are available for artists, crafters, and historical exhibitors to participate in Norlands’ Strawberry Festival to be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Applications are due by May 23rd.  The Norlands welcomes artists and crafters to exhibit, demonstrate, and/or sell their original artwork.  The Norlands also seeks qualified and experienced artisans, re-enactors, and scholars wishing to demonstrate a traditional craft using 19th-century materials or methods such as woodworking, fiber arts, or blacksmithing.  All applications are subject to approval. Guidelines and the application are available here.  FMI: email

THANK YOU to the sponsors of the 2014 Rally for Norlands:

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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