Living History Tours at Norlands
Livermore, ME 04253
Throughout July and August, the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will be open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for “Living History Tours”. Visitors to the site are engaged by people, dressed in period clothing, who portray a local person, someone you might have met had you visited in 1870.
It could be someone cooking in the farmer’s cottage, or a Washburn granddaughter, Ada Washburn or Anna Maud Washburn, in the 1867 Washburn mansion, or the school ma’am in the 1853 one-room schoolhouse who will encourage you to practice your mental arithmetic and penmanship using a quill pen under her watchful eye.
In addition, the Washburn Library will be open on Saturdays, as part of Norlands’ participation in Maine’s Civil War Trail, a statewide effort to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Visitors can enjoy this impressive granite structure built in 1883, see portraits of and artifacts belonging to the Washburn family, and learn about the Washburn’s contributions during the Civil War. The Norlands is the ancestral home of Maine’s Civil War Governor, Israel Washburn, Jr. Three of his brothers also played significant roles during the war.
At 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays in the Library, visitors can dig deeper into history, touch the past, and Play a Soldier’s Role. Using primary and secondary sources in the Washburn Library, participants can learn about a local Civil War soldier, his family, and military information. No military action necessary! This intensive, hour-long program is for ages 14+.
Living History Tours are a fun way, for all ages, to learn what rural Maine life was like in the 1800s. Bring your imagination and ask all the questions you want. Enjoy the quality of place and landscape of the Norlands. A short walk from the Norlands is the Waters Hill Cemetery, where several Civil War veterans are laid to rest. A short trail takes you to the Pools of Simeon, reflecting pools designed by William Drew Washburn in 1903. Maps are available in the gift shop. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful 445 acres of fields, forests, and working farmland.
Admission is $10 adult/$6 age 12 and under. $25 family rate (2 adults and 2-3 children). No appointments necessary. For more information please visit our website, www.NORLANDS.org or call 207-897-4366.