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19th Century Willowbrook Village

 
Willowbrook Museum

Two historic houses and their barns, a reproduction schoolhouse and bandstand, an 1894 steam engine powered horse carousel, an 1849 Concord stagecoach, and a picturesque millpond and waterfalls are a few of the many 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.

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Our museum campus is closed for the season until May, 2015. We will be offering classes to individuals and groups throughout the offseason in our Red Barn Building. Those class offerings will be posted on this page and our blog soon.

Our SANDWICH SHOP menu here.

Our OFF SEASON events include:

Sat., January 31, 2015, 10AM-1PM: Ice Harvest at Willowbrook. Location: Mill Pond, Elm Street, Newfield, next to the museum. Using vintage hand tools, ice blocks will be cut and harvested by visitors. Stay tuned for other tentative activities.

Free Admission.

Winter Workshops: By Arrangement Starting January 1, 2015

See our "2015 Winter Workshops" Flyer here ( includes our Ice Harvesting Workshop as well as many others not listed below).

Call us: (207) 793-2784 or Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org, if yoiu are interested in taking any of the following classes.

In order to run any of our classes we need a particular number of students signed up, as some of our paid instructors are travelling long distances.

These make wonderful presents before or after the holidays!

See images from past classes like these on our blog.

1. By Arrangement. Ice Harvesting Workshop for Kids. As this is dependent on ice we would need to set a date for this between the end of January and the beginning of February. We can accommodate 60. Homeschoolers welcome. Involves inside classroom time and outdoor hands-on activity. Students will learn about traditional hand tools and horse drawn equipment, the process of harvesting, making ice tools, and the construction of ice houses. We will harvest cakes of ice from a pond at the museum. $10 per student.

2. By Arrangement. Making a Hacksaw Using Mortise & Tenon Joinery. Ages 11 and above. Group of six or more required. Homeschoolers welcome. this involves using reall hand tools to create a hacksaw in the style of an old fashioned bucksaw. A beginner's tool making class. 4 hours plus. $50.

3. By Arrangement. Erector Set Fun for Kids. Using vintage erector sets we will make structures, vehicles, contraptions while exploring engineering through hands-on play. What a great way to spend the afternoon with your friends. Groups wanted. 3-4 hours at our heated facility with instructor. $30.

4. By Arrangement. Making a Working Scale Model of a Trebuchet or Catapult for Kids. Using early woodworking techniques, students will assemble from a kit prepared by the museum, one of these early siege weapons. Ages 10 and above. Parents invited to join at no extra cost. 4 hours plus. $50

5. By Arrangement. Animation & Early Motion Picture Making for Kids. Ages 8 and above. Discuss how early parlour entertainments evolved into the first movies. Learn to make such early visual entertainments as a zoetrope, praxinoscope, phenakistoscope, and thaumatrope. 3 hours plus. $45

6. By Arrangement. Letter Press Printing at the Print Shop for Kids or Adults (Ages 8 and above). This class is for a group of eight, ages 8 and above. Homeschoolers welcome. It includes a short overview of the history of the printed word around the globe. We will look at handwriting, illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy, and early block printing. Students will experience quill and ink, hand block printing, and compose a chase of lead type that they will ink and print on our Kelsey press (circa 1920) and our Golding Pearl (circa 1902). 3 hours plus. $45 each. For a group solely comprised of adults there will be greater emphasis on learning to compose lead type and printing.

7. By Arrangement. Metal Casting in Aluminum and Brass with Peter Grant (www.oddduckfoundry.com). Learn sand casting methods. Overview of metal casting techniques, materials & equipment. Make a mold, melt metal and pour. Choice of aluminum projects. 2nd day: Make a 4 inch Brass Bell. $200.

8. By Arrangement. Blacksmithing 101: 10AM-3PM weekdays or weekends. Make a "J" Hook and "S" Hook. Learn some of the basics of blacksmithing. Ages 13 and older. Homeschoolers welcome. A group of at least six is necessitated for this offering. $70

9. Sat. & Sun., January 10 & 11, 10AM-4PM. Two Day Bladesmithing Class. Make a Tomahawk & Bowie Hunting Knife with bladesmith Adriaan Gerber (www.adriaangerberknives.com). Using a propane forge or coal burning forge, cut and shape these edge tools from spring steel. Filing and hardening the blade will complete the task. Handle kits available ($20). Tools amd materials provided. non-members:Non-Members:$250,  Members: $225

10. By Arrangement. Blacksmithing Studio. Instructor on hand to assist. Must have blacksmithing experience or be enrolled in a class to participate. Beginning, inermediate or advanced projects. Materials and tools provided. $40 Package of three for $100.

11. By Arrangement. Blacksmithing: Make a Coat Rack and/or Other Project. This class will provide some of the basics of blacksmithing. Heat, cut and shape metal to form your own punch, drift to use for this project. Use tool to create composite piece that includes hooks riveted to an ornately fashioned plate suitable for wall hanging.

12. By Arrangement. Six Board Heirloom Blanket Chest Making. This two day woodworking class will result in an heirloom chest for your family with dovetail joints and dados using hand tools. The pine box will measure approximately 36" x 18" x 24" with a hinged top. Materials and tools provided. $300.

13. By Arrangement. Two Day or One Day Class: 1st Day: Make a Propane Blacksmithing Forge; 2nd Day" Make a Bowie Hunting Knife with Your Forge. Involves cutting metal, welding ( welding done by instructor), making a cement form, and mixing refractory cement. Cement used is fast-drying. A propane gas delivery system will be created with black metal pipe, hose, and 3 Plus PSI propane valve. Make a knife or tomahawk on the second day. 1st day: $300; 2nd day: $125; two day price: $400.

 

         

        2015 19th Century Willowbrook Village  Membership

        Due to increasing costs, we will be raising our membership fees as of January 1, 2015. Buy your membership before the New Year and get membership at 2014 prices. Our membership application is here.

        See Willowbrook in the November, 2014 New England Museum Association (NEMA) Newsletter here

        See Willowbrook in the November, 2014 Maine Archives and Museums (MAM) Newsletter here

        See Willowbrook in the August, 2014 Maine Archives and Museums ( MAM) Newsletter here

        See Willowbrook in the May, 2014 Maine Archives and Museums (MAM) Newsletter here

        Newsletters

        Read our UPDATED DECEMBER, 2014 Newsletter here

        Read our June, 2014 Newsletter here

        Past Newsletters

        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

        Homeschoolers and School/Kids 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. We have hands-on workshops with a variety of themes.

        Please contact us if your group would like to schedule a date and time for a visit. Contact us about group rates.

        The Amos Straw Country Store will be newly stocked for the 2015 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.

         

         

        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.

        New Projects:

        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 old workshop next to the Trafton House into a machinist shop as well as making the nearby open shed 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.

        Apple Cider Mill

        A circa 1870s twin screw apple cider press that was produced in Waterville, ME has been re-wooded through partial funds from the Narragansett number One Foundation. We have put together the mortise and tenon timbers with pegs.

        The press sits on a concrete slab thanks to a partial donation of materials by F.R. Carroll Cement. A similar vintage flat belt pulley driven apple crusher that was re-wooded by staff member Ashley Gerry will be set up in conjunction with the press and powered by a horse treadmill.

        Work continues on the project.

        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 director@willowbrookmuseum.org

         

         

         

         

         
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        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