Plan your visit!

Self-guided tours & Guided Mansion Tours available 

each day Norlands is open to the public. Norlands’ exhibits add interactive & informative stops throughout your tour.  Other special happenings are listed below:

What to bring & what not to bring on your visit to Norlands.

Norlands is a large site.  Our historic buildings are, as they were, unheated and uncooled.  Most of your self-guided tour will be outside crossing uneven ground.  Therefore, we recommend guests wear appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather during your visit and good walking shoes to comfortably enjoy your time with us.  

Enjoy the scenery.  Feel free to bring a picnic lunch – we’ll even provide a quilt to spread on the lawn if you ask in the Admissions office. Picnic tables are also available if you prefer.  Norlands also offers cold drinks and light snacks as well.

There are several beautiful “selfie spots” at Norlands.  We do allow photography outside.  However, to preserve historic artifacts and interiors, please no inside photography.

We love our animals.  However, we DO NOT ALLOW PETS OR THERAPY ANIMALS ON SITE.  Please understand, we are a working farm, with historic buildings, and must ask that you leave your four-legged friends (even the best-behaved ones) at home.  Pets cannot be left in your vehicle in the parking lot.  It is Norlands’ policy to contact Animal Control if a pet is left unattended.

Norlands DOES ALLOW documented service animals, as protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.” Service animals must be on a leash and never left unattended. Please clean up after them. 

October 2022 - Norlands Hauntings and Harvest

Is the Norlands’ Main House haunted??  Do you dare find out?  Take a guided mansion tour – who knows what may lurk in the shadows…

Death & Mourning – A New Norlands’ Haunted Exhibit.  How did our ancestors process death?  See Elihu Washburn’s death mask.  A crown of human hair??!!  Visit Norlands through the month of October to learn some of the peculiar ways we mourned our dead in Victorian times.  Hear the tragic stories of the Washburn’s who succumbed to early deaths and how the family honored their legacy.  The stage is set for a Victorian funeral at Norlands’ Mansion.  Pay your respects during your self-guided tour.

Fridays 11:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm in October – Rural Arts Experience

Wool-Art.  Want to try your hand working with felted wool?  For an additional $10 fee, you can add to your self-guided tour with a hands-on 30 minute Rural Arts Experience.  Fun for all ages.  Work with our fiber arts interpreter to learn how to make “penny rugs” or “felt applique holiday ornaments”.  Craft kits provided as part of your experience – discover a new past-time and stitch a gift for your holiday home.  Limited to 10 participants per session.

Bringing in the Harvest – Rural Arts Demonstrations.  Villages and towns relied on the talent and skill of rural artisans throughout Maine to make the Harvest happen.  Saturday October 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 10am-2:00pm watch the local blacksmith fire his forge to craft the iron tools needed to keep the farm running through the harvest.  

 

And who made all those great gathering baskets?  A skilled local cabinetmaker will demonstrate steam bending techniques used to create a period “trug basket” used for bringing in the fruits of summer labor.  Saturday, October 15 & Saturday, October 22 from 10am-2:00pm, as part of your regular self-guided tour.8

Saturday, October 29th 11:30am – Noon – Rural Arts Experience

Jack of the Lantern.  Stingy Jack was a miserable old man who took pleasure in playing tricks on just about everyone…even the Devil himself!  But, the Devil always gets his due.  How does the story of Stingy Jack, a turnip, and candles in pumpkins relate?  Find out by adding to your self-guided tour!  For an additional $10, hear the story of Stingy Jack and make your own Jack-o-Lantern to bring home.  Fun for all.  Limited to 10 participants.