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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,"

by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Martha Washburn & Sons

Upcoming Events and Programs

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Saturday, November 8 | 6:30pm | $22 ticket by reservation only.  Limited Seating.

Purchase tickets by November 3rd. Call 207-897-4366 or email

Looking for a unique evening out, with a delicious dinner and entertaining living history programming in a one-of-a kind setting?  Come to the Norlands!

A special Veterans Day Remembrance featuring an elegant heritage dinner and tribute honoring Livermore Civil War veterans and highlighting life on the home front from the perspective of local women. Dinner is followed by a historical program and music in the Ladies’ Parlor of the 1867 Washburn family mansion.  Norlands’ costumed interpretive staff will present the program.

The homemade dinner features soup, stuffed pork roast wrapped in bacon, roasted root vegetables, coleslaw, biscuits, and dessert served up in the historic Farmer’s Cottage.  A vegetarian option is available by request.

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Sunday, December 7 (Snow date: December 14) | 11am-4pm


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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

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