Join us for an exciting adventure into the past. At the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, we offer a variety of inter-active programs to enable our guests to experience life as it truly was in 18th and 19th century Maine.
Norlands is the family home of the Washburns, one of the great political and industrial dynasties of the 19th century. Of the ten children born to Israel and Martha Washburn, seven sons rose to serve as governors, congressmen, a United States senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain.
As industrialists, the brothers' achievements included founding of the Washburn-Crosby Gold Medal Flour Company, invention of a typewriter, and serving as president of a railroad.
Today, Norlands is a multifaceted museum offering in-depth experiences in 18th and 19th century rural life. Here, the visitor is an active participant in daily and seasonal farming and housework, and becomes involved in the social, political and educational activities of the times.
The center has six buildings embodying a crossroads community of the era. There is a one room school house, a stone library, a church, an grand mansion (built in 1867), a large barn, and out buildings all situated on several hundred acres of land.
The Norlands hosts festivals and events with a "turn of the century" flavor throughout the year. Step back into history and learn about the influential Washburn family. Many artifacts are displayed as if the family had left their home for the day. Toys, clothing, furniture, personal items all appear to tell the story of every day life in the Washburn mansion.
To find the Norlands, take Rt. 4 south from Livermore Falls and turn left on to Rt. 108 then follow the signs. To learn more about scheduled events, or to schedule a tour call (207) 897-4366 or visit its web site at www.norlands.org
Martha Washburn & Sons