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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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2015 Season CALENDAR

BEAN SUPPERS: Sat., Aug. 8, Sat., Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30 PM.

July 9 & 10 at the Ossipee Valley Fair. See us.

July 17-19: Silent Movie Festival Click Here

July 17: Talk with Chad Poitras On Victorian Funerary Customs

July 20-24: Summer History Camp for Kids, 7-11.

July 25-26: Civil War Event/ High Tea/Reed Organ Concert

August 1: Centennial Brass Band Fundraising Concert, 6-7PM, Tickets on Sale. More information here.

August 15-16: Agricultural Fair Weekend with Maine Antique Power Association

September 12: Painted Pony Party, Tickets on Sale

September 24: Golf Outing Fundraiser at Province Lake

October 3: Oktoberfest!, Tickets on Sale.

October 12: Season Ends

Our museum campus is closed for general visitation until our

Open Thursday thru Monday, 10AM-5PM. A ride on the horse carousel comes with an admission ticket. There are rides schduled for 11:30AM, 1:30PM & 3PM each day.

We have workshops happening throughout the winter months. School field trips can be scheduled starting in April ( please consult the" field trip" page here).

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

CLASSES AT WILLOWBROOK

Thursdays, 5-9, Saturdays/Sundays, 10-5. Blacksmithing Studio. This is for the experienced blacksmithing student. We have two blacksmithing shops for use that include a masonry side draft forge and multiple Buffalo forges. Tools available. Metal stock available at extra fee. Prior notice necessary.

Special Blacksmith Museum Membership: $150 for use of blacksmithing shop during museum hours or by arrangement in 2015, plus the additional  benefits of a 2015 FAMILY museum membership.

July 25/July 26, 11-2, Sauerkraut Making. Learn this maine rural tradition. Students will walk away with the knowledge of how to do and two full Mason jars of their efforts. $20 (Includes admission to the museum and our Civil War Event).

July 25/July 26, 2:30-4:30, Wild Strawberry and Rhubarb Slump. Learn to cook on a wood buring kitchen stove. Make this wonderfully apptizing sweet of yore with Ruthie and Johanne. $20 (Includes admission to the museum and our Civil War Event too). Photos.

Sunday, August 2, 9AM-4PM: Propane Burning Blacksmithing Forge or Metal Casting Furnace Making, $300. All materials and know-how provided. Will involve metal fabrication and use of refractory cement. 10 PSI regulator provided with gas delivery system. Do your own blacksmithing or metalcasting in the garage or back shed. See details here.

Sat., July 11, 9-4. BLACKSMITHING: MAKE A DRAW KNIFE or a TOMAHAWK, $125. Learn the fundamentals of blacksmithing in this bladesmithing class. Cut, shape, and harden a blade from spring steel. Form the tang or eye to receive a hard wood handle.  This is the essential woodworker's tool or hunter/sportsman tool. All materials and tools provided. Filing and polishing will be necessary beyond the class. Come back and do ths work at our smithy for free. Photos.

We'll set a date when you tell us you're interested. METAL CASTING CLASS FOR ANTIQUE ENGINE ENTHUSIASTS, $125. Learn the fundamentals of sand casting/metal casting in bronze, aluminum, and/or brass. Students will learn about furnaces, casting methods, and patterns. Students will cast two projects under supervision. These will be a set of governor weights for an Economy engine and a standard one-lunger muffler in aluminum; this will prepare you for your own future metalcasting projects. A rocker arm is also a possible project. We have another class in building the equipment to do your own casting. Photos.

August 9 & 10, 9-4. Make a Traditional Shaving Horse. $200
The class involves felling a tree, the use of traditional tools, and the use of the  technique of riving to create split rails for fashioning a shaving horse with a wooden jaw controlled by a pedal. This tool was used in combination with a draw knife ( see above) to make barrels, spokes, tool handles and a variety of objects. A good class to partner with a spouse, friend or son or daughter on. An heirloom tool. Photos.


 

         

        2015 FIELD TRIP INFORMATION for Recreational Departments, Homeschoolers and Groups.

        2015  Membership

        Our 2015 membership application is here.

        19th Century Willowbrook Village Benefit Golf Outing at Province Lake Golf Club, September 24, 2015

        18 holes with cart, buffet lunch, many raffle items, hole-in-one car, prizes!

        Contact: Jan Poisson, (207) 929-0019

        See our June 2015 Newletter here

        See our March 2015 Newsletter 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

        2015 Adopt an Artifact /Project Program

        2015 ADOPT AN ARTIFACT/PROJECT Details and Adoption Form Here

        View 2015 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 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.

        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.

        We are at work on the conversion of the old restoration workshop into our new Machine Shop. This has involved fixing the roof, re-studding the interior walls, insulation and sheathing. Here you see the replacement of some of the exterior sheathing. This shop will be used for programming focused on metal fabrication and antique engine repair and maintenance.

        We need Pie Contest and Collections, Art and/or Photo Contest Entries and Bizarre Vegetables ( Grown this season) Entries for our Agricultural Fair Weekend, August 15-16, 2015. We would greatly appreciated it if you gave us a call and let us know you would like to be a contestant as we get closer to this date: (207) 793-2784. Looking for New England and Maine classic pie entries. Pies recieved by 11 AM on Friday, August 14 until 10AM Saturday, August 15, at the Sandwich Shop, Elm Street, Newfield. Collections, Art and Photo and Bizarre Vegetables Grown entries also accepted at this time and place. We will judge all items received starting at 1PM on August 15. Visitors will view all entries at the red barn building as glass cases will be used for the purpose.

         

         

        We are always looking for donations of artifacts for a 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. Also, a big thanks to Limington Lumber for a reduced price on lumber for the project.

        New Projects:

        Turn-of-the-Century Machine Shop

        We are working on a new machinist shop scenario. The old restoration workship adjacent to the Trafton House is being renovated and winterized for the purpose. The walls and cieling have been replaced with new insulation and tongue and groove pine boards. Some work benches will be created to add to existing ones. 

        This 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.

        The idea is to make this into a site for classes in antique engine repair, metal casting, and metal fabrication.

        Several important donations of equipment,including a line shaft pulley driven milling machine, lathes, bandsaw, and other equipment will be set up in this space.

        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