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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

Norlands Seeks Part-Time Program Coordinator

The Norlands is searching for a dynamic history educator for the position of Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator facilitates the scheduling of all programs and tours, provides tours for the public and delivers school programs, assists with promoting educational services and volunteer opportunities, and helps to recruit and supervise volunteers.  In addition, s/he assists with planning special events and workshops. The Coordinator works cooperatively with the Director of Interpretation and Training and reports to the Executive Director. 

For a more detailed job description, email

The ideal candidate holds a B.A. in education, history, or similar field; is well-versed in living history education and interpretation methods; familiar with Maine history and rural life in America; effective in working with volunteers and managing diverse groups of all ages, and has excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.  We seek someone who is highly organized, flexible, and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and work independently and as part of a team. S/he must be familiar with MS Word, Excel, Publisher, database and email systems.

This is a part-time temporary position, approximately 15 - 18 hours per week with a flexible schedule based on program needs.  Some weekend and evenings required.
To apply: email a letter of interest and resume in PDF format to

Upcoming Events and Programs


TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th | Half-Price Admission
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Discounted Rates:  $5 per person / $3 age 12 and under / $15 family rate (2 adults with 2-3 children)
The 1867 Washburn mansion and farmer’s cottage and 1853 one-room schoolhouse will be open for tours.  Stop by and meet the characters of Norlands’ neighborhood.  Educators, dressed in period clothing, portray a local person or a Washburn, someone you might have met had you visited Norlands in the 1800s.  Be a scholar of 1853 in the schoolhouse.  The school ma’am will encourage you to practice your penmanship under her watchful eye.  Take a tour of the mansion with a Washburn granddaughter as she tells you all about her famous family. 

Help with the washing and cooking n the farmer's cottage.   Play old-fashioned games.

Ox-cart rides will be available in the early afternoon. 

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

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

July 1 – August 30 | 11am – 4pm (arrive by 3pm to enjoy full tour)

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

For more information visit our events page

Saturday, September 13 | 1pm-4pm | $5 admission

Enjoy a slice of homemade pie while listening to music on the front lawn. Also enjoy a Victorian Fashion Show and tour of the 1867 Washburn family mansion. The event also includes a poster contest of artwork created by third grade students from Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls.

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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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