The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center offers visitors a variety of inter-active programs that will allow guests to go back to the past and experience the life and times of Maine during the 18th and 19th century.
Norlands was the family home of one of the great political and industrial dynasties during the 19th century, the Washburns.* Israel and Martha Washburn had 10 children, including their seven sons who pursued political careers as governors, congressmen, a United States senator, Secretary of State, foreign ministers, a Civil War general, and a Navy captain.*
Known to be industrialists, one of their achievements included the founding of the Washburn-Crosby Gold Medal Flour Company and the invention of a typewriter. The brothers were also known for serving as president of a railroad.
Today, the Washburn- Norlands Living History Center is a versatile museum that offers profound experiences that pertain to the rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors to the Museum get to be active participants in the daily and seasonal farming and housework. They also get the chance to be involved in the many activities of these times.
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