LIVERMORE — The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.
Maine’s oldest living history museum showing life in the 1800s is at 290 Norlands Road.
The Earth Day open house will include tours of the original 1867 Washburn mansion, farmer’s cottage and one-room schoolhouse. Attendees can learn about daily farm life in the cottage and help bake cookies, churn butter, or perhaps help with the wash. They can also try piecing together quilt squares or enjoy children’s crafts in the Washburn kitchen.
At the schoolhouse, visitors can practice penmanship, spelling and arithmetic. At 2 p.m., Patty Washburn, played by a local person, will reflect about her life in Livermore, her 10 children and their remarkable achievements.
The Southern Maine Working Steer Youth Club will use animal power and a scoot to move lumber from the pasture to the new barn. Visitors can talk to the youth about how they care for their steers.
There will be blacksmithing demonstrations and a bake sale.
Soup will be sold while supplies last, or visitors can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful grounds.
General admission is $10; $6 ages 12 and under; $25 family rate.
FMI: call 897-4366 or visit www.norlands.org.