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Welcome to the Norlands


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,"

From: THE BALLAD OF ORIANA,
by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)


Martha Washburn & Sons

Make a Gift to the Annual Fund:

Your gift helps to:

· preserve history and heritage

· continue renowned interactive programs that educate adults and kids

· grow our community

· support a unique organization

· maintain a local and national treasure

· sustain the local area and people

· promote volunteerism

· bring history to life!

Read all about our accomplishments this past year:  2014 Annual Report and Newsletter

Gifts of all sizes make a difference and are much appreciated.  Make a gift today securely online through  Network for Good or complete the giving card and mail a check to Washburn-Norlands, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253. Be sure to note it is for the annual appeal. 




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©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
Email: Norlands@norlands.org

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