Christmas at Norlands
Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 11am - 4pm
Doors open at 11am.
Enjoy a winter celebration in the 19th-century. See the elegantly-decorated Washburn mansion, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, sing a Christmas carol, make a period craft, meet the school’marm in the District #7 one-room schoolhouse. Mulled cider and other refreshments made fresh on the woodstove will be available while supplies last.
See and hear how the Washburns and their neighbors, the Bradfords, anticipated Christmas and prepared for the holiday. Journey back in time for a greater understanding of how the holiday evolved over the course of the 19th-century and the different ways Washburn family members celebrated in cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. compared to family members living at Norlands at the same time in the late 1800s.
In the mansion, see beautifully embellished Civil War era fashions on display. The dining room is decorated as if the Washburns are expecting guests. Children can help decorate the tree and will be intrigued with the historic toys on display. “Aunt Clara” will be visiting and sharing stories of Christmas past and parlor games for all ages. In Mr. Washburn’s kitchen, string popcorn for the tree and make a period craft.
The redesigned gift shop will be open and filled with unique treasures to meet your holiday shopping needs. There is something for everyone: Norlands’ own maple syrup, old-time toys, books, prints, cards, caps and bonnets,old-fashioned stick and rock candy, and more.
A Cookie Walk fundraiser benefits the new barn fund. For only $5, fill a bag with delicious homemade cookies to take home, while supplies last. Arrive early in the day as this usually sells out by early afternoon.
You are guaranteed to leave with lasting memories of how Christmas was celebrated in rural 19th-century Maine. The joyous feeling of an old-fashioned winter celebration will no doubt carry you through the season.
Admission is $10 per person; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate. Members of Norlands enjoy a 20% discount on admission.
If the weather is questionable, please check for an event cancellation notice on Norlands’ Facebook page or outgoing telephone message by calling 207-897-4366 by 9am on the morning of the event.