LIVERMORE — The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will host its sixth Civil War Reenactment Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18.

It will feature a variety of living history demonstrations, exhibits, and activities. The family-friendly event is organized by the 3rd Maine Company A and 15th Alabama Company G to benefit Maine’s oldest living history farm and museum.

Union and Confederate military and civilian reenactors from across New England will be camped on the grounds. Cavalry units are also planning to attend. Living historians will scrimmage with replica weaponry and perform drilling and firing demonstrations. The 6th Maine Battery will be on hand to fire their Parrott Rifle/cannon.

A full-scale battle scenario will be staged each day on the hay fields of the Norlands (2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday). There will be ongoing presentations in the surgeon’s tent and in the field hospital after each battle.

Visitors can also take horse-drawn wagon rides, military field music, tours of the 1867 Washburn estate, Victorian fashion shows, a period-correct sermon on temperance in the 1828 meeting house and blacksmithing. There will also be a historic dress-up tent, craft activities, one-room schoolhouse, old-fashioned games, guided nature walks, farm life in Norlands farmer’s cottage, and talks on Maine’s Joshua Chamberlain and Civil War firearms.

On Saturday at 4 p.m. there will be dance lessons in the easy and fun country dance style. At 4:30 p.m. witness a Civil War era period wedding reenacted by members of the 3rd ME Company A. The newlyweds will celebrate at a pig roast at 5 p.m., prepared fresh by Valley View Farm of Auburn.


To purchase tickets for the pig roast, visit or call the Norlands at 207-897-4366.

At 6 p.m. there will be a barn dance with uniformed reenactors and fiddlers of the Racket Factory. The contra dance is free with the purchase of a supper ticket or general event admission; otherwise a $5 donation is suggested.

History exhibits and demonstrations of traditional crafts will take place on Norlands’ picturesque front lawn.

The Jay-Livermore Falls Lions Club will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and drinks on Saturday. Other lunch and snack items will be for sale on Sunday, while supplies last. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Daily rate: $12 adult; $7 for children age 12 and under. Weekend pass: $18 adult; $11 for children age 12 and under. Free for ages 5 and under.

Enter the event at the admission gate located behind the church. Parking is in the field across the street from the church. There are no dogs or other pets allowed on the property during Rally for Norlands. Service animals are the exception.

For more details and the schedule of activities, visit the Norlands website: The Norlands is located at 290 Norlands Road.

15th Alabama Co. G Camp enacts at Norlands.

Dick and Marcia Cylik, reenacters with Maine Regiment Company A, stand in front of the meeting house at Norlands.

The Racket Factory

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