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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

Upcoming Events

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The Norlands is open by appointment for site tours and group programs in the fall and winter seasons. Please call 207-897-4366 or email to make a reservation.

Spring Fling Living History Day

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 11:00am-4:00pm | $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate (20% admission discount for members)

Journey into history! Tour the buildings and interact with historical characters, someone you might have actually met had you visited in 1870. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Help to bake and do the wash in the farmer’s cottage, practice your penmanship, spelling and mental arithmetic under the watchful eye of the schoolmarm in the one-room schoolhouse, play period games, make a craft, and meet a Washburn in the 1867 mansion. A fun way to learn about history and what rural Maine life was like soon after the Civil War. Bring your imagination!

Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 11:00am-4:00pm | $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate (20% admission discount for members)

Call for Vendors - craft/artisan and historic exhibitors fair: For more information and the application form, click here.  The application deadline is May 20, 2016.

S​trawberry shortcake, craft/artisans fair, wagon rides, blacksmithing demonstrations​, fashion show,  meet the school’marm, mansion tours, play games, see demonstrations in the farmer’s cottage, storytelling, make a period craft, take a nature walk to the Pools of Simeon, music and more!



Billie Gammon History Education Summer Fellowship for High School Seniors

Application Deadline is May 13, 2016

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Download the application form here

The Washburn-Norlands Foundation is seeking applications for the Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Summer Fellowship Award. Maine High School seniors have the chance to receive a $1,000 fellowship, named in honor of Norlands' founder, Billie Gammon.  As a Billie Gammon Fellow, the award winning senior will participate as a member of the Norlands’ summer staff, gaining valuable experience in living history education, museum operations, historic agriculture, and other topics that may relate to his/her interests.  This professional development opportunity is designed to honor Norlands’ founder’s endless enthusiasm for sharing American History by providing the opportunity for hands-on experience at the Norlands. Applications are due by May 13, 2016. 

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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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