Norlands visitors will ‘experience’ Civil War


LIVERMORE — The second annual Rally for Norlands: Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13. Living historians dressed as Confederate and Union infantry will scrimmage with replica weaponry on the grounds of the 19th century historic settlement.

The two-day event will include encampments, full-scale battles, cannon artillery, the “Town of Unity” civilian camp, farm-life living history, field music, a 19th century fashion show, a “dress-up” tent and a sewing circle where visitors can help make quilts for the Norlands museum and post office.

Other highlights include a game of 1864 town ball with the Dirigo Vintage Baseball Club, a ham and bean supper and contra dance, Sunday church service, children’s activities and exhibits and a lecture on the roles of the Washburn brothers in the Civil War.

There will also be a reenactment of a sanitary fair, a bazaar organized by the Sanitary Commissions of the Civil War era. It will include fortune-telling, Victorian calisthenics, kite-making and odd collections from the 1800s.

The event has been organized by the 3rd Maine Company A, 20th Maine Company B, and 15th Alabama Company G to benefit the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center. Funds raised will help the center rebuild an historic barn lost in a fire in April 2008.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. both days. On Saturday, military camps will close at 4 p.m., followed by the town ball game at 4:30 p.m. and then supper and a contra dance. On Sunday, military camps will close at 1 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. patriotic concert by Mitch Thomas and Friends in the historic meetinghhouse.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Discounted weekend passes are available. For more information, call 897-4366 or visit