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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

Upcoming Events

(for more info go to the events page

Opening July 2nd for Summer Living History Tours 
 

July & August | Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays | 11am – 4pm (arrive by 3pm to enjoy full tour)

$10 adults, $6 ages 12 and under, $25 family rate

Visit with People from the 1870 Livermore Community

Drop in anytime from 11am-4pm on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday in July and August and visit with people from the 1870 Livermore community in the Washburn mansion, one-room schoolhouse, and the farmer’s cottage. Tour at your own pace.  Interpreters, dressed in period clothing, portray a local person, someone you might have met had you visited Norlands in the 1800s. 

A Living History Tour is a fun way, for all ages, to learn what rural Maine life was like in the 1800s. 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. ​


VETERANS DAY DINNER & PROGRAM
Saturday, November 7, 2015 | 6:30pm | $23 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 October 30th.

 

CHRISTMAS AT NORLANDS
Sunday, December 12, 2015 | 11am-4pm

Open house, crafts, music, hayrides, living history, and more!





Now Accepting Reservations for School Programs
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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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