LIVERMORE — The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center presents a special tribute honoring local Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans on Saturday, Nov.11.

The program includes a harvest dinner – made fresh from local farm ingredients – and entertaining living history programming in a one-of-a-kind historical setting. 

The program will highlight the life of Lt. Samuel Benjamin (1753-1824), one of the early settlers of Livermore and the father of Martha “Patty” Washburn, the matriarch of this grand estate.

The tribute takes place at 5 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 11. There is limited seating available. Tickets are $23 per person and must be purchased in advance by Wednesday, Nov. 8. If not enough tickets are sold, the event will be canceled.

The event starts with a tour of the Washburn home and display of Revolutionary War and Civil War period artifacts.  At 5:30 p.m. dinner will be served by lamplight in the Farmer’s Cottage. The three-course harvest dinner includes squash soup, stuffed roast pork wrapped in bacon, roasted root vegetables, coleslaw, biscuits and dessert.

Afterward, in the 1867 Ladies Parlor in the Washburn home there will be readings from Lt. Benjamin’s journal and Washburn and other family letters and songs of the era.

The program is organized by Willi Irish, Norlands’ director of interpretation and training. She and other Norlands’ volunteers will appear in period costume and portray Washburn family members. Willi will portray Martha “Patty” Benjamin.  Robin Hakala will portray “Caroline Washburn,” the Washburn’s youngest daughter and wife of Civil War surgeon Freeland Holmes.

The evening concludes with a roll call remembrance of local Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers.

To purchase tickets: 207-897-4366. 

Norlands Veterans Day program organizer Willi Irish is Norlands’ director of interpretation and training.


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