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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


Saturday, February 14 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm | $23 ticket by reservation only.  Limited Seating.

Purchase tickets by February 10th. Call 207-897-4366 or email

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The Norlands presents a Valentine’s Day dinner and program titled “Keepers of the Hearth: A Conversation Between the Washburn Ladies.” Arrive by 5:30pm if you’d like a tour of the 1867 Washburn family mansion.  A three-course dinner begins in the Farmer’s Cottage at 6:00 pm and includes squash soup, chicken with roasted potatoes and glazed carrots, biscuits, and dessert. A vegetarian option is available. 

After enjoying dinner, step back into the 19th century parlor in the Washburn mansion where you will visit “Patty Washburn” and her two daughters, Martha and Caroline, portrayed by Norlands' staff in period costume.  The women will share family stories of courtship, love, and marriage. The ladies of the house along with special guest “Hempstead Washburne” will then entertain you with some romantic music of the period, accompanied by guest Jerry Ellis on the Washburn piano.



Norlands is Seeking a Live-In Caretaker/Farm Assistant

Live at the Norlands and be a part of our team!  In exchange for housing in a 1-bedroom apartment, utilities included, we are looking for someone to provide daily animal care and assist with the care, maintenance, and cleaning of our buildings and overall site cleanliness and security.  

Click here for the full job announcement.  

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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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