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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 sit

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We re-open July 1, 2016. Open Monday thru Thursday, 10AM-5PM.

Our Maple Syrup Saturday Event on March 19, 2016, 10AM-2PM includes:

  • Free Family Admission
  • See some of the museum
  • Victorian Kitchen Cooking with Maple Syrup. Hot cocoa, tea & coffee available.
  • Horse Drawn Sled/Carriage Rides ($5 Adults, $3 Children).

  • Outdoor Maple Syrup Making Demo

  • Blacksmithing Demos

  • Penny Rugging and Weaving Demos
  • Woodworking Demo

Museum Admission During the Season:

$15 for Adults 19+

$12 for Seniors 65+

$8 for Children 7-17

Free for Children 0-6

Groups of 8 or more are $10 each.

Members are Free

A carousel ride is included with admission.

The carousel runs 11:30, 1:30 & 3PM.

Free admission to active servicemen and women and their immediate family.

2016 Season Calendar

Jan. 30: Ice Harvest

March 19: Maple Syrup Saturday

May 16-June 30: School Field Trips

June 18: Summerfest: Dinner & Music

July 1: Season Begins

July 2-4: Colonial Re-enactment & More...

July 11-15: Summer History Camp

July 16: Bean Supper

July 16-17: Silent Movie Festival

July 23 & 24: Civil War Event (tentative)

August 13 & 14: Agricultural Fair

August 20: Bean Supper

August 27 & 28: Silent Movie Weekend

September 13: National Glidden Antique Car Show at Willowbrook!

September 17: Painted Pony Party: Dinner, Silent Auction & Music

September 24: Ash Sunday ( White Ash Tree Woodcraft Day)

October 8: Ocktoberfest! (Fundraiser Dinner & Music)

October 10: Season Ends

We will be offering classes to individuals and groups throughout the off season. Those class offerings are listed below and on our blog.

Our SANDWICH SHOP menu here

 


 

         

        OUR 2016 MEMBERSHIP  APPLICATION

        Our November, 2015 Newsletter here

        SCHOOL FIELD TRIP INFORMATION HERE

        2016 ADOPT AN ARTIFACT DETAILS

        2016 ADOPT AN ARTIFACT MAIL IN APPLICATION

        VIEW 2016 ADOPT AN ARTIFACT/PROJECTS  LIST 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 2016 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.

        Recent Happenings

        Our brochure has been updated to reflect our new season opening date of July 1st. Contact us, if you need some of these.

         

         

        WINTER 2016 CLASSES & WORKSHOPS,

        including knife making and antique engine repair and maintenance ( we update this list frequently) here

        We are always looking for donations of artifacts for our working collection and  volunteers to help with the completion of our various project. Please contact us.

        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 and our cider mill. Also, a big thanks to Limington Lumber for a reduced price on lumber for several recent projects.

        Other Projects:

         Logging Bobsled Restoration

        It's been a  number of year's since Willowbrook has taken on a large scale restoration like the 17 foot logging bobsled we recently finished. The rig is from the collection of The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum. Through a partnership this museum paid for and secured materials for the project. Willowbrook organized the labor that included women for the Maine State Corrections Re-Entry Program in Alfred, ME to do much of the project. Volunteers and one paid staff member completed some of the work.The bobsled will be shared by Willowbrook and the Curran Homestead for their annual ice harvests as well as other events. Come to the 2016 Ice Harvest and ride it!

        Gigantic Pinhole Camera

        For the purpose of our recent summer history camp in which our young camper created a pinhole camera, a gigantic version of a pinhole camera was created by our staff so that visitors may enter and experience a camera obscura.  This project was sponsored in part by a 2014 Maine Humanities Council grant. The box is completely devoid of light. A pinhole at the front allows light and a projection of imagery in front and outside the box to be projected upside down on a hand held piece of white foam core paper. Depending on how close the foam core is held inside and in front of the pinhole will determine how finally focused the camera is. Our young campers were especially amazed by this. The pinhole camera is on display for your use in the Durgin Barn.

        Turn-of-the-Century Machine Shop

        This project is made possible by partial funding from the Narragansett Number One Foundation. Also, Limington Lumber has made a generous offer of building materials. We are seeking other grants at this time for this project/ We need volunteers to help with some of the work to be done, please contact us. If you would like to make a donation for this project, please see our Adopt an Artifact/Project Details.

        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 vintage flat belt pulley driven apple crusher that was re-wooded by staff member Ashley Gerry.

        Work continues on the project.

        Looking For Volunteers.

         

         

         

         

         
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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