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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 and a millpond and waterfalls are among the 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.

In addition to our regular SANDWICH SHOP menu here, we now have SUNDAY BREAKFASTS. Feast your eyes are on our menu here.

See our 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS here.

Sat. & Sun., August 30 & 31, 10AM-5PM:

Agricultural Fair Days

Free on Saturday for Newfield residents


Pine Tree State Ford Model A Club Showing (Sat., weather permitting)

1. Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers The Legend of the Banana Kid, Sat., 1PM. Separate Ticket: $10, $8, Free, $40 Maximun for a family.

2. Hay Rides

3. Revolutionary War Encampment

4. Printing Shop Demo & Walk-In Type Setting Class (Sat.)

5. Shaving Horse Demo ( Sat.)

6. Granary Demo (Help make corn meal on grist mill)

7. Windsor Chair Making Demo (Sat.)

8. Sharpening Axes and Scythes Demos.

9. Block and Tackle Demo

10. 2 Man Saw Activity

11. Games and Play of Yesteryear

12. Walk-In or by Reservation (preferred) Forge Welding, Knife Making, or Other Beginner's Project with Adriaan Gerber ( Recently featured in Popular Mechanics (Sat.)

13. Walk-In or by Reservation (preferred) Metal Casting with Peter Grant. Make a bell, scratch mold tile during the day (Sat.)

14. Make a coal forge demonstration

15.Pie Eating Contest (contestants wanted!)

16. Pie Contest ( Entrees wanted; prizes awarded)

17. Old fashioned butter making and baking in the Victorian kitchen.

18. Collections, Crafts, Photography, and Art Work Competition (Share your talent or collection in one of our glass display cases. Prizes awarded)

19. Carousel rides, working telegraphs, and more...

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: to reserve a place in the following classes ( class size limited).

Current Classes seen 
 and on this homepage.

14 Current Classes ( Take these with aparent, child or spouse and pay only for one) :

1. Sat. Aug. 30, 12-6PM: Blacksmithing/ Knife Making. Forge a blade and harden it. 2-Day Class available with 2 projects. 1-day $100/ 2-day $200.

2. Sat., Aug. 30, 12Noon-2:30PM Make Bread and Butter in the Victorian Kitchen, $15 (or $8 extra admission). Ages 10 & Up. Class limited. RSVP or Walk-In.

3. Sun., Aug.31, 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 (or $8 extra admission) . Ages 10 & Up.

4. Sun., Aug. 31, 12-2PM, Kids Old Fashioned Work Day: learn about sharpening tools, doing laundry, cutting wood, using a block & tackle, and making corn meal, $15 (or $8 extra admission). Ages 10 & Up.

RSVP: Contact the Museum Director: (207) 793-2784 or

More classes listed in column #3 on this homepage.


        2014 19th Century Willowbrook Village  Membership

        We have 199 members for 2014 so far; let's reach 250 with your renewal or new membership. Our membership application is here

        Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers at Willowbrook!

        Thanks to a donation from J.P. Carroll Fuel of Limerick, ME and others:

        Tickets are now on sale for a Sunday, August 31, 1PM performance at Willowbrook of the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers of Bar Harbor, ME. The puppeteer troupe performs at venues all over the state. The troupe will perform their latest production:

        The Legend of the Banana Kid

        They are truly a Maine treasure.

        Admission to the Sunday 1PM show is $10, Ages 14 & Up, $8, Ages 5-13, and 4 & Under, Free. There is a maximum cost for parents and their children of $40. Please reserve your tickets for the showing you prefer now.

        Please Reserve Your Tickets Now for  

        our Painted Pony Party!

        September 13, 2014, 6PM -9PM

        Food Service: 6:30-8:00PM

        The Maine party of the year. make this as good as last year when we served 122!

        a spectacular dinner of whole roasted pork, vegetables, breads and decadent desserts!

        Live Blue Grass Music---Southern Maine Picking Society

        Dancing, carousel rides, silent auction, & art walk

        Each purchased ticket entered for a door prize.

        Outdoor Silent Movies (Features and Shorts, including Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik.

        Outdoor Laser Show

        $22 per person or $40 per couple

        Members: $18 per person or $36 per couple

        R.S.V.P (207) 793-2784


        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



        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 are in the process of lifting the huge beams and fitting tenons into mortises. Holes will be drilled and pegged. We can iuse volunteers to help with this process, please contact us if you can contribute.

        The press will sit on a platform in proximity to a similar vintage flat belt pulley driven apple crusher that was re-wooded by staff member Ashley Gerry.

        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

         More Classes:

        5. Sat., Sept. 6, 2-5PM. Letterpress Printing. Learn about composition and design. Set lead type on a 95 year old press and print. Class Limit, $30.

        6. Sat., Sept. 6, 9-12Noon; make bread on a 19th Century Wood Stove. Make Butter too, $20.

        7. Sat. & Sun., Sept. 6 & 7, 9-2PM. 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.
         2-Day Package: $175.

        8.Sun., Sept. 7, 12-2PM, kids Old Fashioned Work Day: Do Laundry, Cut wood, Use a Block & Tackle, , make Corn Meal and Apple Cider, $20. Ages 10 & Up.

        9. Sat., Sept. 13. 10-3PM. Pinhole Camera Photography with Amy Hagberg. Learn about how cameras work, build your own camera, take photos, and develop them in a darkroom. Class Limit.$45.

        10. Sat., Sept. 20, 9-4PM, Make a Propane Metal Casting Furnace or Blacksmithing Forge. Cut, weld (we do that), and form a working furnace or forge using an empty propane tank, metal stock, metal pipe, refractory cement, and a 3 PSI or greater propane gauge and hose, $295.

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

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

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

        14. 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



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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