TEA, TALK & TOUR
in Celebration of Mother's Day
Saturday | May 11, 2019 | 2pm - 3:30pm
Admission: $13 per person, limited seating
Reservation Required: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-897-4366
In celebration of Mothers everywhere, come to Norlands and meet Martha 'Patty' BenjaminWashburn, portrayed by Willi Irish, Director of Interpretation and Training.
Visit with Patty in her kitchen and enjoy a cup of tea while she reflects about her life, ten children and their remarkable achievements. Afterwards, she will give you a tour of the home her sons built in 1867.
Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President who served with Abraham Lincoln, one time stated, Rome, in all her glory, never produced such as woman as the mother of the Washburns. Martha “Patty” Benjamin Washburn (1792-1861) was the daughter of Lieutenant Samuel (Revolutionary War veteran) and Tabitha Livermore Benjamin. She married Israel Washburn of Livermore in 1812 and bore him eleven children, ten surviving. She was a devoted wife and loving mother who instilled ambition in her children.
The Washburns of Livermore are one of the great political and industrious families of the 19th century. There may be no family in the history of the United States whose accomplishments in a single generation can equal those of Patty’s seven sons. Among her sons were two Governors of two different states, four Congressmen representing four different states (three brothers served in Congress at the same time, representing three different states), a U.S. Senator, Major General in the Army, Captain in the Navy, lawyers, bankers, railroad builders, authors, flour millers, and more. During the visit, Patty will also share stories about her three daughters. Hear their tales of adventure and courtship and of their success in finding love, a husband, marriage, and building a family.
Step back into the world of the Washburns. Make a reservation today.