Living History Tours
End on August 31, 2017
Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
in July and August
For an enchanted experience and to get inspired about life in 19th-century Maine and Livermore’s celebrated Washburn Family – stop in this summer and take a living history tour. Tour the mansion, farmer's cottage, and one-room school at your own pace, but arrive by 3pm to enjoy the full tour. Interpreters, dressed in period clothing, portray a local person, 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 using a quill pen under her watchful eye. Take a tour of the mansion with a Washburn granddaughter as she tells you all about her famous family. Visit the farmer’s cottage and participate in the chores of the day, such as baking, piecing, ironing, or washing.
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.
Admission: $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate for two adults with two or more children under the age of 18
(20% admission discount for members)
& Pie Baking Contest
Saturday, September 9 | 1pm - 4pm
Come enjoy a pleasant afternoon at this 7th annual fundraising event for the Norlands. All proceeds benefit the living history center’s programs.
Afternoon activities include a pie baking contest, pie sale (by the slice for a donation and whole pies - $12), and music on the lawn by Phil Poirier.
In addition, the Washburn family mansion will be open for tours and visitors can attend school in the one-room schoolhouse. ($5 admission, kids 12 and under are free)
Relax against a backdrop of 445 acres of rolling fields and woodlands at the Norlands where history and music will fill the autumn air along with the delicious aroma of fresh baked homemade pies.
More details coming soon!
Christmas at Norlands
Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 11am - 4pm
Get in the holiday spirit and ready yourself for winter by harkening back to the days of old. Stop by the Norlands for a 19th century interactive holiday and winterland celebration. Enjoy wagon rides, 19th-century parlor games, stories, children’s craft activities in the cozy Washburn kitchen, caroling, the one-room schoolhouse, mulled cider made on the woodstove, and the simply decorated 1867 Washburn mansion. A cookie walk fundraiser benefits the "Raise the Barn: Rebuild the Magic" fund.
Admission: $12 adult,$6 age 12 and under,$25 family (2 adults with 2-3 children). Members of Norlands enjoy a 20% discount on admission. Bring your membership card.