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wo historic houses and their barns, a reproduction schoolhouse and bandstand, an 1894 steam engine powered horse carousel and a millpond and waterfalls are among the things to see at this restored country village. Plan to spend at least 3 hours once you arrive. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch at our sandwich shop and ice cream parlor on site.
We are open: Thursday through Monday, 10-5, each week!
2014 Bean Supper Schedule here.
See our 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS here.
Check out our most recent happenings on our FACEBOOK page here
Summer and Fall, 2014 Traditional Arts Workshops
See greater details about the following listings by using the search engine on hour blog here.
Call: (207) 793-2784, or email: email@example.com to reserve a place in the following classes ( class size limited).
Current Classes seen
Current Classes ( Take these with a parent, child or spouse and pay only for one.
1. Sat., September 18, 9-11:30 AM: Make Sauerkraut Like Grandma. Learn about this Maine pickling tradition using crocks and the like. Make and eat. Take home your batch in two Mason jars, $15. Ages 10 & Up.
2. Sat. , September 18,12-2PM, Kids Old Fashioned Work Day: learn about sharpening tools, doing laundry, cutting wood, using a block & tackle, and making corn meal, $15. Ages 10 & Up.
RSVP: Contact the Museum Director: (207) 793-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More classes listed in column #3 on this homepage.
2014 19th Century Willowbrook Village Membership
We have 199 members for 2014 so far; let's reach 250 with your renewal or new membership. Our membership application is here
Thank you to J.P. Carroll Fuel for their sponsorship of the Frogtown mountain Puppeteers! We had over 270 visitors at our Agricultural Fair Days. 235 Visitors at our Civil War Weekend. Don't miss our Painted Pony Party!
Please Reserve Your Tickets Now for
our Painted Pony Party!
September 13, 2014, 6PM -9PM
Food Service: 6:30-8:00PM
The Maine party of the year. make this as good as last year when we served 122!
a spectacular dinner of whole roasted pork, vegetables, breads and decadent desserts!
Live Blue Grass Music---Southern Maine Picking Society
Dancing, carousel rides, silent auction, & art walk
Each purchased ticket entered for a door prize.
Outdoor Silent Movies (Features and Shorts, including Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik.
Outdoor Laser Show
$22 per person or $40 per couple
Members: $18 per person or $36 per couple
R.S.V.P (207) 793-2784
Read our new June, 2014 Newsletter here
Read the May 2014 Newsletter here.
Read the November 2013 Newsletter here.
Read the May 2013 Newsletter here.
Read the Annual 2012 Update here.
Read the July 2012 Update here.
Read the May 2012 Newsletter here.
2014 Adopt an Artifact, Building, and/or Project Program
View 2014 Adopt an artifact, Building, and/or Project Program details here.
View 2014 Adoptable Artifacts, Buildings, and/or Projects list here.
View 2014 Adoption Form here
Summer Homeschoolers and Kid Groups
We have guided tours and learning experiences for groups. we can arrange to have an interpreter take you around the museum and engage your group in hands on activities.
Please contact us if your group would like to schedule a date and time for a visit. Contact us about group rates. More details about extended time workshops on weekdays or weekends can be found here.
The Amos Straw Country Store is newly stocked for the 2014 season with many items that are Made in Maine and Made in the USA. Don't forget to buy a hunk of our wonderful cheddar cheese and sour pickles served from a wooden barrel!
Model T Cord Saw is on loan from The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington, ME for the next three years. The wood elements of this rig will be replaced this winter ready and made ready for display and occasional cord wood making at Willowbrook starting this 2014 season!
A circa 1870s flat belt pulley powered apple crusher was re-wooded this past season by our talented staff. This will be on display and used for cider making during our community Apple Harvest Festival in which we invite the public to come and press their own apples into cider and bring it home with them
We are always looking for donations of artifacts for a working collection and volunteers to help with the completion of our various project.
Much thanks to F.R. Carroll Cement of Limerick, ME for their generous donation of concrete for the slab for the Tom Flagg Smithy project. Also, a big thanks to Limington Lumber for a reduced price on lumber for the project.
Turn-of-the-Century Machinist Shop
A motor, line shaft, and flat belt pulley powered machinist lathe was donated by Robin Gilpatrick. It was used by both his grandfather and recently departed father Cecil Gilpatrick of South Hiram, ME. This lathe, a drill press and other equipment will form the nucleus of a machinist shop scenario.
Partial grant funding from the Narragansett Number One Foundation makes possible the adaptation of the former Jonathan Pike Cooperage into a machinist shop as well as making the nearby sheds into a working cider mill.
The idea is to have metal working opportunities for adults who will provide living history in the pursuit of their own metal fabrication projects and the museum's. This machine area will be cordoned off but visible, and space will be provided for metal fabrication and machine making for young visitors in proximity.
Another important donation comes from Bridgeport, CT and includes a line shaft pulley driven milling machine, bandsaw, and other equipment. We will be heading down to Connecticut to retrieve this equipment in July, if anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact the director at: (207) 793-2784.
Apple Cider Mill
A circa 1870s twin screw apple cider press that was produced in Waterville, ME has been re-wooded by Adriaan Gerber of Lamoine. We are in the process of lifting the huge beams and fitting tenons into mortises. Holes will be drilled and pegged. We can iuse volunteers to help with this process, please contact us if you can contribute.
The press will sit on a platform in proximity to a similar vintage flat belt pulley driven apple crusher that was re-wooded by staff member Ashley Gerry.
Looking For Volunteers To Be Costumed Interpreters at the Village this Season!
We also are looking for individuals who like to sew and like Victorian clothing and/or free studio space for their arts and crafts, especially weaving on a loom.
Contact the Museum Director: (207) 793-2784 or email@example.com
3. Sat., Sept. 6, 2-5PM. Letterpress Printing. Learn about composition and design. Set lead type on a 95 year old press and print. Class Limit, $30.
4. Sat., Sept. 6, 9-12Noon; make bread on a 19th Century Wood Stove. Make Butter too, $20.
5. Sat. & Sun., Sept. 18 & 19, 12-6PM. Fire Making and Survival Class with Adriaan Gerber: Forge a strike o'light and knife. Collect tinder, make a shelter using lashings, build a fire, cook chicken, & camp out Sat. night., Sunday too, if you like.
6. Sun., Sept. 7, 12-2PM, Kids Old Fashioned Work Day: Do Laundry, Cut wood, Use a Block & Tackle, , make Corn Meal and Apple Cider, $20. Ages 10 & Up.
9. Sat., Sept. 13. 10-3PM. Pinhole Camera Photography with Amy Hagberg. Learn about how cameras work, build your own camera, take photos, and develop them in a darkroom. Class Limit.$45.
10. Sat., Sept. 20, 9-4PM, Make a Propane Metal Casting Furnace or Blacksmithing Forge. Cut, weld (we do that), and form a working furnace or forge using an empty propane tank, metal stock, metal pipe, refractory cement, and a 3 PSI or greater propane gauge and hose, $295.
11. Sat., Sept. 27, 2-5PM. Letterpress Printing Class. learn composition and design. Set lead type on a 95 year old press and print. $35
12. Sat., Sept. 27, 9-2PM. Blacksmithing 101; Make a Camper's Meat Cooking Rotisserie, $45. Other beginner's projects possible.
13. Sat., Oct 4, 9-2PM. Blacksmithing 101: Make a J Hook and S hook. Learn the basics with Betsy DeBrakeleer, $50. Ages 13 & Up.
14. Sun., Oct 26, 9-2PM. Blacksmithing 101: Make a J hook and S hook. Learn the basics with Betsy DeBrakeleer, $50. Ages 13 & Up.
RSVP: Contact the Museum Director: (207) 793-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org
19th Century Willowbrook Village is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable organization
listed on the National Register of Historic Places
19th Century Willowbrook Village • P.O. Box 28, Newfield, Maine 04056 207-793-2784