historic houses and their barns, a reproduction schoolhouse and
bandstand, and a millpond grace this restored country village. Plan to
spend at least 3 hours once you arrive. Bring a picnic or enjoy lunch on site. Horse-drawn sleighs and carriages, an 1849 Concord stagecoach, a 1894
carousel, gas engines and exhibits of various trades and tools
– blacksmith, broom maker, canoe builder, cooper, cobbler, harness
maker, printer, wheelwright, woodworker - are just a few of the delightful displays you'll see!
We are working at creating more hands-on interactive activities and
living history scenarios; we hope to offer more of this to
our school group visitors in the Spring.
Be sure to check our calendar for exciting events and activities.
What's Happening at Willowbrook?
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After Season Events and Programs:
Our Four Classes in December, 2013 and January, 2014 Make Great Holiday Gifts!
Blacksmithing for Home-Schoolers and Teens, 4-Hour Beginner's Class (see blog). This custom designed course is for a home-school or teen group of boys and girls who wish to learn the basics of blacksmithing. The class will cover safety, coal fire-making, heating, shaping, bending, and cutting metal. Students will complete a j-Hook or S-Hook. $75 per student. Tools and materials provided. Contact us an we can design a class in metal or wood for your class.
Saturday and Sunday, December 14 & 15, 9AM-4PM, Woodworking 102: Heirloom Blanket Chest ( see blog): In this two day, fourteen hour class, you will create a pine wood chest 36 inches wide, 24 inches tall, and 18 inches deep. There will be a top with a choice to fit simple steel hinges. Students will first practice dovetail joinery on some pieces of wood. Students will then apply this knowledge to dovetail joints for the two sides, front and back of their chest. The bottom will be fitted without nails. This can be an heirloom given as a gift. All tools and materials supplied. Tuition: Non-Members $300; Members $270
Saturday & Sunday, December 21 & 22, 9AM-4PM. Blacksmithing Studio (hardware, tomahawk or knife). Under the instruction of blacksmith/ bladesmith Adriaan Gerber, students will have a choice of one of three project offerings: hardware for your recently created wood blanket chest ( stipe hinges, a set of handles, and a latch---$25 reduction in cost for returning woodworking students). Others may make a tomahawk and/ or knife. There will be an opportunity to fit a wooden handle to your project(s) using a shaving horse and draw knife. This class is a beginner's course with instruction about safety, tool use, fire-making, and metal work. Students will use both a coal forge and propane burning forge in addition to hand tool and anvils indoors. All tools and materials provided. Students are required to wear cotton clothing and safety glasses. Tuition: Non-Members; Members $270
Friday, January 17, 9AM-5PM, we will offer a Metal Casting Class in Brass. Peter Grant, the proprietor of Odd Duck Foundry, a small metal casting enterprise in Orrington, ME, will share his knowledge of furnace making, fuels, heating, metals, molds and casting in various metals. This class will involve instruction and hands-on experience on how to create sand cast molds, heating brass to a pouring state, and casting an object(s). The project will be a choice of molds to choose from, including a strike plate for a lock/key mechanism, a decorative plate element for a blanket chest, a door knocker, or other object. Some file work may be necessitated for a final product. Tuition: Non-Members $225; Members $200
To reserve your place in one of these classes, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 207-793-2784. Please leave a message. More information available at: Facebook and 19thcenturywillowbrookvillage.blogspot.com
Read our new November, 2013 Newsletter with 2014 Adopt an Artifact, Building and/or Project Program introduction, adoption list, and adoption form as well as our 2014 Annual Giving Request Form 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.
School Field Trip Flyer
Please take another minute to read and share the attached School Tour Flyer with a parent, a family member, an educator, or community group whose children would benefit from our unique school programs. Please, give a child the opportunity to learn about the past, because without understanding it, you cannot plan your future. Willowbrook is the way life used to be. here.
What's Happening at Willowbrook in December and January?
Recently, we received a long-term loan of a set formerly used for a theatrical/musical production at the Lyric Theater in Burlington. The set from Titanic was lent by its creators Mary and Mike Kenny of South Burlington, VT. This 1912 re-creation of the radio room from the Titanic ocean liner was thoroughly researched and created in wood, metal and other materials. The plan is to use the three central displays in Willowbrook's "trades" building for the purpose of the radio room, an exhibition of pre-1940 radios with a homage to New England radio pioneer Atwater Kent, and an additional radio room for recieving messages from the 'Titantic". The set includes an authentic telegraph key and WWI era headphone set. The radio rooms will be set up for interactive play/learning for both school groups and general vistors. An additional workshop in making a crystal set will be offered to children 8-11 years old, and older, in conjunction with these offerings.
See more on our blog here.
On October 23, 2013,with the aide of staff and volunteers, the museum disassembled and transported Tom Flagg's Lincolnville, ME farm blacksmith shop (built 1935). The museum has transported the entire contents of the smithy to the museum in the past months, including many hand made tools from previous generations of Flagg's kinsmen.
We will be re-assembling the smithy at Willowbrook and equipping it once again with these tools as well as Flagg's home-made welded steel firepan forge, Buffalo firepot, and circa 1890s Buffalo forge blower. We will re-create the smithy as it was for this small Maine farmer who repaired lumbering and farming equipment as well as shoed his own horses.
Additionally, this smithy will house a second large firepan Buffalo forge donated. Two brick chimneys will be constructed to allow four to blacksmith in this indoor space. With the addition of a second side-draft forge in our present Blacksmith/Horse stock structure, we hope to provide indoor space for eight students/blacksmiths between the two buildings in the coming season.
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Mission Willowbrook - Simple Machines. View here.
We are working on making our circa 1920s NOVO ice cutting saw functional once again. Specifically, some work on the magneto and engine is underway in the hope that we can run this machine in conjunction with an authentic ice harvest in February,2014!
Newfield Farmers and Artisan Market Closed for the 2013 Season.
A steel reinforced concrete slab was completed, and we anticipate re-assembling the Tom Flagg smithy that we recently disassembled in Lincolnville, ME. We will construct two brick chimneys on the slab. looking for donations of used brick and volunteers to help with the completion of this project.
As you may have seen this past season we made cracked corn and corn meal with a horse treadmill and portable grist mill set up. We plan to develop more foot, hand, hoof, and paw power scenarios for interactive learning. We have acquired two more dog/goat treadmills as well as another horse treadmill for first-hand experiences of this means of nineteenth century power.
This is another horse treadmill that will be hooked-up to our recently restored apple crusher for a cider making scenario. This was manufactured in the 1870s/1880s.
This is a newly acquired dog treadmill that will be functional for interactive learning. These dog/goat treadmills were used to power butter churns, washing machines, and other light machinery. We may hook this up to a corn silage cutter.
As an offering to homeschooled groups and public school kids we are presently preparing a "Make Your Own Crystal Set Radio". Before there were all these things we occupy ourselves that are in essence "virtual" experiences more people, including kids, would make things like their own crystal radio sets. Parts could be had at local retailers or through mail order, like a Kilorad dial for your hand made set.
More interesting was that the armature which held these components could be a pine wood cabinet , or a favorite pop culture icon or a cartoon character, like this Felix the Cat crystal radio. The tentative workshop will facilitate an experience with wood cutting hand tools. Students will craft the appearance of their radios. See blog here for more images and information.
This motor, line shaft, and flat belt pulley powered machinist lathe was donated by Robin Gilpatrick as it originated with his grandfather and was used for many years by his late father Cecil Gilpatrick of South Hiram, ME. This lathe, a drill press and other equipment will form the nucleus of a late nineteenth century machinist shop scenario we plan to create at the museum. With this donation came another sizeable one that includes a similar vintage Bridgeport milling machine, bandsaw, and other equipment, which we are in the process of moving from Meriden, CT.