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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.

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Our museum campus is closed for general visitation until our season opening on

Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

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.

We have a metal casting class ( as seen on Bill Green's Maine) on February 7, 2015. Scroll down for description. Visit blog for photos. Call and reserve a place in it.

Our SANDWICH SHOP menu here.

Our OFF SEASON events include:

Sat., January 31, 2015, 10AM-1PM: Ice Harvest at Willowbrook. Location: Mill Pond, Elm Street, Newfield, next to the museum. Using vintage hand tools, ice blocks will be cut and harvested by visitors. Stay tuned for other tentative activities.

Free Admission.

Winter Workshops

Call us: (207) 793-2784 or Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org, if you are interested in taking any of the following classes.

See images and more complete description of our classes on our blog.

Sat., February 7, 10-4PM, Blacksmithing 101: Make a Knife. Students will heat, cut and shape a knife blade from spring steel. Filing and polishing. $125

Sat., February 7, 9-4PM, Metal Casting. This class is an introduction to sand casting.  will be introduce An There will be an overview of safety, equipment, and materials. Students will cast projects in either brass, bronze or aluminium. A variety of patterns are available, including some 100 year old machine patterns. A bell may also be cast. $150

Sat, March 7, 9-3PM, Antique Engine Repair and Maintenance. This rare class will be a hands-on overview of early gas power as we examine what were once known as make n' break, hit n'miss, and one lung engines. Under the tutelage of lifetime mechanic Russell Welch, students will disassemble, clean and repair several engines from the museum collection. Students will walk away with an understanding of how they work, how to repair and maintain them, and what to look for in purchasing their own. The class will run at least three Saturdays. $200

1. Ice Harvesting Workshop for Kids. As this is dependent on ice we would need to set a date for this between the end of January and the beginning of February. We can accommodate 60. Homeschoolers welcome. Involves inside classroom time and outdoor hands-on activity. Students will learn about traditional hand tools and horse drawn equipment, the process of harvesting, making ice tools, and the construction of ice houses. We will harvest cakes of ice from a pond at the museum. $10 per student.

2. By Arrangement. Making a Hacksaw Using Mortise & Tenon Joinery. Ages 11 and above. Group of six or more required. Homeschoolers welcome. this involves using reall hand tools to create a hacksaw in the style of an old fashioned bucksaw. A beginner's tool making class. 4 hours plus. $50.

3. By Arrangement. Erector Set Fun for Kids. Using vintage erector sets we will make structures, vehicles, contraptions while exploring engineering through hands-on play. What a great way to spend the afternoon with your friends. Groups wanted. 3-4 hours at our heated facility with instructor. $30.

4. By Arrangement. Making a Working Scale Model of a Trebuchet or Catapult for Kids. Using early woodworking techniques, students will assemble from a kit prepared by the museum, one of these early siege weapons. Ages 10 and above. Parents invited to join at no extra cost. 4 hours plus. $50

5. By Arrangement. Animation & Early Motion Picture Making for Kids. Ages 8 and above. Discuss how early parlour entertainments evolved into the first movies. Learn to make such early visual entertainments as a zoetrope, praxinoscope, phenakistoscope, and thaumatrope. 3 hours plus. $45

6. By Arrangement. Letter Press Printing at the Print Shop for Kids or Adults (Ages 8 and above). This class is for a group of eight, ages 8 and above. Homeschoolers welcome. It includes a short overview of the history of the printed word around the globe. We will look at handwriting, illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy, and early block printing. Students will experience quill and ink, hand block printing, and compose a chase of lead type that they will ink and print on our Kelsey press (circa 1920) and our Golding Pearl (circa 1902). 3 hours plus. $45 each. For a group solely comprised of adults there will be greater emphasis on learning to compose lead type and printing.

7. By Arrangement. Old Time Stenciling and Apple Box Making. Ages 8and above. Assemble a wooden apple box that has been prepared locally in a kit for the purpose. Using some of our collection of antique brass stencil cuts stencil your new box either personalize it or creating an authentic reproduction. This is a good beginning woodworking class. Groups preferred.

8. By Arrangement. Metal Casting in Aluminum and Brass with Peter Grant (www.oddduckfoundry.com). Learn sand casting methods. Overview of metal casting techniques, materials & equipment. Make a mold, melt metal and pour. Choice of aluminum projects. 2nd day: Make a 4 inch Brass Bell. $200.

9. By Arrangement. Blacksmithing 101: Hardware. 10AM-3PM, weekdays or weekends. Make a "J" Hook and "S" Hook. Learn some of the basics of blacksmithing. Ages 13 and older. Homeschoolers welcome. A group of at least six is necessitated for this offering. $70

10. Sat. & Sun., January 10 & 11, 10AM-4PM. Two Day Bladesmithing Class. Make a Tomahawk & Bowie Hunting Knife with bladesmith Adriaan Gerber (www.adriaangerberknives.com). Using a propane forge or coal burning forge, cut and shape these edge tools from spring steel. Filing and hardening the blade will complete the task. Handle kits available ($20). Tools amd materials provided. non-members:Non-Members:$250,  Members: $225

11. By Arrangement. Blacksmithing Studio. Instructor on hand to assist. Must have blacksmithing experience or be enrolled in a class to participate. Beginning, inermediate or advanced projects. Materials and tools provided. $40 Package of three for $100.

12. By Arrangement. Blacksmithing: Make a Coat Rack and/or Other Project. This class will provide some of the basics of blacksmithing. Heat, cut and shape metal to form your own punch, drift to use for this project. Use tool to create composite piece that includes hooks riveted to an ornately fashioned plate suitable for wall hanging.

13. By Arrangement. Six Board Heirloom Blanket Chest Making. This two day woodworking class will result in an heirloom chest for your family with dovetail joints and dados using hand tools. The pine box will measure approximately 36" x 18" x 24" with a hinged top. Materials and tools provided. $300.

14. By Arrangement. Two Day or One Day Class: 1st Day: Make a Propane Blacksmithing Forge; 2nd Day" Make a Bowie Hunting Knife with Your Forge. Involves cutting metal, welding ( welding done by instructor), making a cement form, and mixing refractory cement. Cement used is fast-drying. A propane gas delivery system will be created with black metal pipe, hose, and 3 Plus PSI propane valve. Make a knife or tomahawk on the second day. 1st day: $300; 2nd day: $125; two day price: $400.

 

         

        2015  Membership

        Our 2015 membership application is 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

        Newsletters

        Read our UPDATED DECEMBER, 2014 Newsletter here

        Read our 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.

        2015 Adopt an Artifact, Building, and/or Project Program

        View 2015 Adopt an artifact, Building, and/or Project Program details here.

        View 2015 Adoptable Artifacts, Buildings, and/or Projects list here

        View 2015 Adoption Form 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

        The Museum went mobile on January 13, 2015 bringing a new program entitled Ice, Ice Harvesting, and Ice House Architecture to the entire fifth grade at the Knowlton School in Berwick, ME. The program included a power point presentation with question and answer, a look and touch of authentic ice harvesting tools, and a science activity in which kids broke up into smaller groups and explored the concept of water density. Unlike most matter water is actually more dense in it liquid state than its solid state. These differences in density are reflected in the formation of ice on a fresh water pond creating varying qualities of ice, and this was a determining factor in whether commercial ice harvesters or farmers had good "crops" of ice cakes. Students enjoyed homemade ginger ice cream and anticipate coming to our public ice harvest on Sat., Jan. 31, 10-1.

         

         

        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

        This winter we will be working on a new machinist shop scenario. The old restoration workship adjacent to the Trafton House will be cleaned out. The walls and cieling will be 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. 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.

        The idea is to make this into a site for classes in antique engine repair ( we have a class scheduled to begin March 7; see details on this page), 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