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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


Announcing the Ethel “Billie” Gammon Fellowship Award 
Offered to High School Seniors

Deadline to Apply: May 22, 2015

Click here for the guidelines and application form

To read about Billie Gammon, the founder of Norlands, click here

Upcoming Events

(for more info go to the events page

Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic
Launching the Barn Raising!

May 30, 10 am to 12 pm

  • Welcome and Good Wishes
  • Pounding the First Pegs
  • How to Help Build the Barn
  • See the Timber Framing Begin
  • Refreshments & Fellowship
  • Time Capsule
    We'll be placing a time capsule of good wishes in a wall of the new barn. If you can't make the celebration and want your wish to be included, email it to by May 29th.
  • Music by Neil James
  • Special Fundraisers:
    Peg sponsorships, one-of-a-kind Norlands' prints and the book, Josiah Volunteered, edited and donated by Arnold H. Sturtevant
  • Refreshments & Fellowship

5th Rally for Norlands: Civil War Reenactment Weekend
June 13-14, 2015

Don’t miss this historic event with a wide variety of living history demonstrations, exhibits, and engaging activities remembering the activities of the Civil War in the Spring of 1865. The event is organized by the 3rd Maine Company A and 15th Alabama Company G to benefit Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum.

For more information, visit the Rally Page here.



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. 

August 14-16, 2015 |Register by July 1st

Color Exploration & Feldenkrais Movement Awareness, taught by Gretchen Langner

Make Art! Move! Spend a long weekend immersing yourself in Norlands’ beautiful setting and the pure joy of truly experiencing color in your art, along with enjoying the greater mental and physical flexibility created by Feldenkrais movement instruction. Have fun throughout the weekend exploring movement strategies that will improve your flexibility, efficiency, and grace. The weekend includes personal instruction, 6 meals, lodging at the Norlands, tours of the 1867 Washburn mansion and its artwork, special historic programming by Norlands staff, and ample free time to rest and relax. 

Registration details coming soon!

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.


Sunday, December 12, 2015 | 11am-4pm

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

Now Accepting Reservations for School Programs
Journey into History

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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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