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Join us for an exciting adventure into the past. At the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, we offer a variety of inter-active programs to enable our guests to experience life as it truly was in 18th and 19th century Maine. 

Norlands is the family home of the Washburns, one of the great political and industrial dynasties of the 19th century. Of the ten children born to Israel and Martha Washburn, seven sons rose to serve as governors, congressmen, a United States senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain. 

As industrialists, the brothers' achievements included founding of the Washburn-Crosby Gold Medal Flour Company, invention of a typewriter, and serving as president of a railroad.

Today, Norlands is a multifaceted museum offering in-depth experiences in 18th and 19th century rural life. Here, the visitor is an active participant in daily and seasonal farming and housework, and becomes involved in the social, political and educational activities of the times.

"When the long dun wolds are ribb'd with snow,
And loud the Norland whirlwinds blow,"

by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Martha Washburn & Sons

Upcoming Events

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Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 11:00am-4:00pm | $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate (20% admission discount for members)

FREE admission to Craft Fair. General admission applies to all other activities. 

All buildings will be open for tours.  Ongoing activities for the day include horse-drawn hayrides, tours of the 1867 Washburn family mansion, blacksmithing demonstrations, lessons of the past and spelling bees in the one-room schoolhouse, artifact games and living history in the farmer’s cottage, special presentations, storytelling, and old-fashioned outdoor games such as hoops & graces and croquet. Children’s craft activities include making kites, bean bags, and handkerchief dolls.  Strawberry Shortcake made with homemade biscuits, local strawberries, and real whipped cream will be for sale.   Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, soda, and water for sale by the Jay-Livermore Falls Lions Club ($).

Scheduled Presentations include:
  • 11:30am:  The Busy Cradle: Story of the Washburns
  • 1:00pm:  Guided Nature Walk to the Pools of Simeon
  • 1:30pm:  Meet Elizabeth S. Kingman Horr, 19th Century Doctor
  • 2:30pm:  Visit with Mercy Lovejoy, Livermore Town Pauper

The event is co-sponsored by Axis Natural Foods (Auburn), Hillside Sports Club (Jay), Main-Land Development Consultants, Inc. (Livermore Falls), Ranor Mechanical (North Jay), ReEnergy Livermore Falls LLC, Roger A. Kay, D.D.S. (Livermore Falls), and U.S. Cellular/Shippers Express (Livermore Falls).

Featured artisans: Amaezi Crafts by Thaylene Bernard, Bonita K's Photography by Bonita Boothby Kenny, Creative Basketry by Diane Wheeler, Effie's Farmhouse with Suzy Seames-Young, Embroiderers’ Guild of America – Southern Maine Chapter, Forrest Bonney Handcrafted Furniture, Generations Textiles by Carol and Robert Thomas, Herbania by Emily Green, Justa Alpaca Farm/Brenda Simoneau, Chair Caning by Pam Lanyon, Livermore Village Scrappers, Malbons Mills Blacksmith Shop/Richard Tessier, Phoenix Pottery by Sarah Delaney, Greater Rumford Historical Society with Spinning and Weaving by Jane Peterson and Janice Irish, Spirit Filled Sisters Mary and Melissa Lemke, and Whitehill Farm/Amy Leblanc. 



Billie Gammon History Education Summer Fellowship for High School Seniors

Application Deadline is May 13, 2016

For guidelines, click here

Download the application form here

The Washburn-Norlands Foundation is seeking applications for the Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Summer Fellowship Award. Maine High School seniors have the chance to receive a $1,000 fellowship, named in honor of Norlands' founder, Billie Gammon.  As a Billie Gammon Fellow, the award winning senior will participate as a member of the Norlands’ summer staff, gaining valuable experience in living history education, museum operations, historic agriculture, and other topics that may relate to his/her interests.  This professional development opportunity is designed to honor Norlands’ founder’s endless enthusiasm for sharing American History by providing the opportunity for hands-on experience at the Norlands. Applications are due by May 13, 2016. 

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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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