LIVING HISTORY TOURS
July & August - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
11am to 4pm. We suggest you arrive by 2:30pm to enjoy the full site.
Admission: $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate for two adults with two or more children under the age of 18.
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For an enchanted experience and to get inspired about life in 19th-century Maine and Livermore’s celebrated Washburn family – stop by the Norlands Living History Center in Livermore and take a living history tour.
Tour the 1867 Washburn family mansion and farmer's cottage. Attend school in the one-room schoolhouse.
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 master will encourage you to practice your reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic in the District #7 school house. Take a tour of the mansion with a Washburn grandchild as she or he tells you all about their famous family. Visit the farmer’s cottage and meet one of the Washburn neighbors and perhaps help with the chores of the day, such as piecing and play a mystery artifact game.
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.