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“Old Time Living in Maine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Norlands Living History Center

Norlands Living History Center
290 Norlands Road, Livermore Falls, ME 04253
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Skiing
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Owner description: An Italianate mansion with farmhouse and barn that offers outdoor sleigh rides, cross country ski lessons and winter festivals.
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“Old Time Living in Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

This home from the 18th century is a Living Museum. Many schools from all over Maine take their kids on field trips there. Kids can spin wool into thread on the old spinning wheel, churn milk into butter, do chores on the farm, etc. There is an old schoolhouse on the property. Complete with an out house! The kids can write on parchment paper w/a quill and ink. There is a church there as well. EXCELLENT place to check out!! http://www.norlands.org/

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Smithfield, Maine
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“Billie Gammon would be proud”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Great recovery from the fire. This is best living history center in the country. Please support their efforts to keep the past alive. This place is still true to Billie's founding philosophy!!

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Wilton, Maine
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“Outstanding - great 18th & 19th living history museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2009

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, has a variety programs that allow you to experience life as it truly was in 18th and 19th century Maine. It is really a fascinating experience. Great for the whole family. You can feed the animals, cook in the kitchen of the 18th century and experience all the workings of the entire farm.

They are having a Civil War Reenactment this June 6 & 7, 2009. Two days of full scale battle, period bean supper at 5PM & 19th century Contra-Dance at 7pm on June 6th. There will be activities for everyone including blacksmithing and a 19th century fashion show - there will be something for everyone.

You can find all the details on their web site.

Gen. Info from their site:
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.

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