LIVERMORE — A 24-hour Live-In 1870 History Experience at the Norlands will be held starting at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30.

The deadline for signing up is Sept. 17 by calling 207-897-4366 or emailing [email protected]

The Live-in Experience is an overnight introduction to the food, activities and living conditions of the past and a unique and fun way of learning about rural Maine farm life. With guidance from Norlands’ costumed staff, guests become a part of a historical farm family by participating in indoor and outdoor chores.

Activities include cooking all of the meals using the wood stove, feeding the animals, gathering eggs, harvesting vegetables, mucking stalls, playing period games and listening to stories by the warmth of the stove. There is also reading, writing, and arithmetic in the one-room schoolhouse; a tour the 1867 Washburn family mansion; and a talk on the Washburn family.

The experiential 19th-century live-in history program has been around since the 1970s.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a multifaceted museum and working farm. It is the ancestral home of Livermore’s Washburn family, one of America’s great political and industrious families of the 1800s.

Fees are $125 per adult and $95 for ages 12 and younger. For safety reasons, the physical activities, and the need to participate, this program is open to adults and children ages 9 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information visit www.norlands.org.

Women work in the kitchen at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. On Sept. 17, the center is offering a 24-hour live-in for people wanting to experience farm life in the 1800s.

Oxen are hitched to a cart for chores at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore. On Sept. 17, the center is offering a 24-hour live-in for people wanting to experience farm life in the 1800s.


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