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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.

We are open: Thursday through Monday, 10-5,  each week!

2014 Bean Supper Schedule here.

Our SANDWICH SHOP menu here.

Sunday Breakfasts are done for the season.

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: director@willowbrookmuseum.org to reserve a place in the following classes ( class size limited).

Current Classes seen 
 and on this homepage.

Current Classes ( Take these with a parent, child or spouse and pay only for one.

1. Sat., September 20, 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. The class is filling; sign up now!

2. Sat. , September 20,12-2PM, 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 director@willowbrookmuseum.org

More classes listed in column #3 on this homepage.

         

        2014 19th Century Willowbrook Village  Membership

        We have 208 members for 2014 so far; let's reach 250 with your renewal or new membership. Our membership application is here.

        Newsletters

        Read our new 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

        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

         

         

        SIS Bank is the proud sponsor of our upcoming Rick Charette Duo Concert on Sunday, October 12, 1PM at Willowbrook. Charette is a Maine treasure, and has been for more than a generation with "songs that delight in the joys of childhood." Remember the "Bubble Gum Song" or "Alligator in the Elevator"? Don't miss this end of season concert. There will be a rain location on the campus. Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 for fifteen years old and under. RSVP,  please: (207) 793-2784 or director@willowbrookmuseum.org.

        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 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 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.

        Work continues on the project. On September 20 & 21, we will be making cider on a vintage portable cider mill at the site.

        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

         More Classes:

        3. Sat. & Sun., Sept. 20 & 21, 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.
        2-Day Package: $175.

        4. Sat., Sept. 27, 2-5PM. Letterpress Printing Class. learn composition and design. Set lead type on a 95 year old press and print. $35

        5. Sat., Sept. 27, 9-2PM. Blacksmithing 101; Make a Camper's Meat Cooking Rotisserie, $45. Other beginner's projects possible.

        6. Sat., Oct 4, 9-2PM. Blacksmithing 101: Make a J Hook and S hook. Learn the basics with Betsy DeBrakeleer, $50. Ages 13 & Up.

        7. 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 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