In partnership with the Maine Memory Network Maine Memory Network

Welcome to the Washburn Norlands Living History Center

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center offers a variety of interactive programs to enable our guests to experience life as it was in 18th and 19th century Maine.

Norlands is the family home of the Washburns, one of the great political and industrial dynasties of the 19th century. Of the ten children born to Israel and Martha Washburn, seven sons rose to serve as governors, congressmen, a United States senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain.

Today, Norlands is a multifaceted museum offering in-depth experiences in 18th and 19th century rural life. Here, the visitor is an active participant in daily and seasonal farming and housework, and becomes involved in the social, political and educational activities of the times.

Selected Washburn-Norlands Living History Center images: