Washburn-Norlands to host live-in experience

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LIVERMORE — The next 24-hour live-in experience at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will take place on April 26 and 27. The opportunity is open to the public. Space is limited to 16 participants. Sign-up deadline is April 12. For more information or to register, call (207) 897-4366 or email Norlands@norlands.org.

The hands-on learning experience is open to individuals and groups. Participants will experience an overnight introduction to the activities, food, chores and living conditions of the past and a unique way of learning about rural Maine farm life after the Civil War.

Fully participate in an experiential 19th-century living history program. Live without modern technology such as cellular phones and MP3 players. Assume the character of someone who actually lived near the Norlands in the 19th century and become a part of a farm family. Learn appropriate behavior and customs, speech and colloquialisms of the time. Use 19th century farm implements and discover the challenges of cooking on a wood stove. Learn the realities of 19th century farm life by participating in indoor and outdoor chores. Play period games and listen to stories in the evening. Stay in an authentic reproduction of an 1870s farmer’s cottage with old-fashioned beds and where bathrooms facilities are chamber pots and privies. The program includes three authentic farm meals, evening snack, one night’s lodging and instructional materials

The cost is $125 per adult and $95 for ages 12 and under. Registration and fees are due by April 12.

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For safety reasons, the physical activities and the need to participate, the program is open to adults and children age 9 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Live-ins run from 2:30 p.m. one day to 2:30 p.m. the following day.

For more information call (207) 897-4366, email Norlands@norlands.org or visit www.norlands.org.

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