LIVERMORE — The Norlands Living History Center is offering tours in July and August for visitors to experience life in 19th-century Maine and learn about the celebrated Washburn family.

Norlands is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Visitors can tour the 1867 Washburn family mansion and farmer’s cottage, attend school in the one-room schoolhouse, walk through the mansion with a guide, portraying a Washburn grandchild or neighbor, and hear about the famous family.

There is also a a nature walk on a historic carriage trail. A short hike takes visitors to the Pools of Simeon, reflecting pools designed by William Drew Washburn in 1903. Maps are available in the gift shop. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds.

Admission is $10; $6 for ages 12 and younger; $25 family rate for two adults with two or more children under the age of 18.

Members of Norlands enjoy a 20 percent discount on admission and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop when they bring their membership card. Visitors can sign up for membership when they arrive and begin enjoying benefits immediately.

Norlands is at 290 Norlands Road. For more information, visit or call 207-897-4366.

Willi Irish, Norlands director of Interpretation and Training, bakes cookies in the historic farmer’s cottage at Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. (Photo by Ryan Burnham of Leeds)

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