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wo 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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Although we are open to public, private schools and homeschoolers for class field trips through May and June, We re-open for the general public on July 1, 2016. We are open during our season from Thursday thru Monday, 10AM-5PM. Our season runs from July 1-October 10
$15 for Adults 19+
$12 for Seniors 65+
$8 for Children 7-17
Free for Children 0-6
Groups of 8 or more are $10 each.
Members are Free
A carousel ride is included with admission.
The carousel runs 11:30, 1:30 & 3PM.
Free admission to active servicemen and women and their immediate family.
2016 Season Calendar
Jan. 30, 10-2: Annual Ice Harvest
March 19, 10-2: Maple Syrup Saturday
May 16-June 30: School Field Trips
June 18: Summerfest: Dinner & Music, 4:30-6:30; Tickets For Sale
July 1, 10-5: Season Begins
July 2-4: Colonial Re-enactment & More...
July 8-10: Horses & Carriages; Granite State Riding Association Event
July 11-15: Summer History Camp
July 16: Bean Supper; Silent Movie Festival
July 23 & 24: Annual Civil War Event; The 6th of Maine Battery
August 13: Country Fair Day; Maine Antique Power Association early, operating gas engine presentations and a concert by the Centennial Serenade Band ( 19th c. brass band)
August 15-19,. Fiber Arts Camp
August 20: Bean Supper; Silent Movies: Westerns, Abenaki Draft Horse Club--Horse Carriage Rides.
August 27 & 28: Silent Movie Weekend
September 13: National Glidden Antique Car Show at Willowbrook! Maine Antique Power Association presenters.
September 17: Painted Pony Party: Dinner, Silent Auction & Music; Tickets For Sale.
October 2: Ash Sunday ( White Ash Tree Woodcraft Day) part of Southern Maine Woods All October programming.
October 8, 4:30-6:30: Ocktoberfest! (Fundraiser Dinner & Music) Tickets For Sale.
October 10: Season Ends
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
Visit our blog for more details about our workshops, special events and our collection. Use the search engine in the right column for specific inquiries.
Our November, 2015 Newsletter here
VIEW 2016 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 2016 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.
Our brochure has been updated to reflect our new season opening date of July 1st. Contact us, if you need some of these.
CLASSES at Willowbrook
Call 207-793-2784, or email us with a phone contact. Classes fill fast. We take credit cards over the phone for payment. Pay to reserve your place in a class.
See our BLOG for photo images of past classes and more information here.
Contact us with your interest about a class that might not be currently offered.
Sat. & Sun.,April 23 & 24, 9-4. Knife Making Class. This two day class involves forging a knife from spring steel. Using blacksmithing techniques heat, cut and shape a blade and tang. Remove scale, filing and sand. Heat treat using oil. Fit brass rivets and a hard wood handle. $175
Sat., April 23, 9-3. Letterpress Printing. Under the tutelage of Mark Matteau of the Dunstan Press in Scarborough, ME, learn to set lead type in a press chase. You will ink up our 1902 Golding Pearl press and print up multiples of several print jobs of your own composition. Techniques and strategies for completing a number of printing jobs. Access to our print shop after taking the class is possible for further printing work. $75
Sat,. & Sun., May 7 & 8. Propane Burning Blacksmithing Forge Making & Knife Making. Create a blacksmithing forge from a used propane tank, metal stock, and high temp. refractory cement. 10 PSI burner with black metal pipe gas/flame delivery system. Involves cutting, drilling and welding (we do that) metal. Create mold and pour cement. All materials provided. $295. A day and a half of knife making with this class ( not sold separately). For forge and knife making weekend: $375. More Details Here
Sat., April 23, 9-4. Woodworking: Rustic Furniture. Under the instruction of professional woodworker Bill Janelle of Bridgton, ME, you will split a hardwood log in two using hand tools. You will work one quarter of the log into a bench seat using hand tools. Mortise & tenon joinery involved with a set of legs and a back rest. Wood & tools provided. $100
May 7: Mother's Day Domestic Arts Weekend Special
Take two classes from the following. Take one in the morning and one in the afternoon on Sat., May 7, Morning: 9-12:00. Lunch: 12-1 and Afternoon: 1-4. Mothers and Daughter/Son: $40 Additional Child, $15.
Morning Session (9-12Noon):
A. Woodstove Cooking: Prepare our lunch on a woodstove. Learn how to build a fire and maintain it in a 19th century kitchen stove.
B. Felting (9-12Noon): Learn to create wool fabric objects using the traditional methods of felt making.
Afternoon Session (1-4PM):
C. Penny Rugging: Create a table rug, pillow, or other object through this traditional sewing construction using wool felt material.
D. Foot Treadle Sewing Machine Sewing: Learn to sew on a circa 1915-1925 foot treadle sewing machine, which, other than the power source, is similar to modern electric machines. You will thread a bobbin and needle and complete several projects.
We are always in need of volunteers, call (207) 793-2784):
Mobile 1920s Silent Movie Palace
Through partial funding through a Maine Humantities Council Infrastructure Grant, a mobile theater enclosure was created with plywood contructed boxes to a height of 72 inches and trompe d'oeuil mural painting. The project has been aided by the Women's Re-entry Program of the Maine State Corrections Dept. in Alfred, ME. The construction will be used in conjunction with our multiple silent movie festivals and offerings that also include live piano accompaniment. see our schdule of events.The project also included a pinhole camera photography class, the construction of a photography darkroom, and a gigantic and functional pinhole camera on exhinit and used in our 2015 summer history camp programming. See details
Restoring Antique Engines
In 2015, Willowbrook started offering antique gas engine repair classes. Under the tutelage of instructors and antique gas engine mechanics and collectors Russ Welch and Doug Kimball, students have assisted in bringing many of the museum's early gas engines back into operation. Our most recent projects and class on March 19 & 20 focused on a 1918 7HP Economy engine, a 5 HP Sandwich engine and a 1 3/4 HP Fairbanks Morse. See details
Model T Cord Saw Restoration
With the assistance of women from the Women's Re-Entry program of maine State Corrections in Alfred, ME, Willowbrook is re-wooding a circa 1922 Model T cord saw created by a Maine farmer for the purpose of cutting firewood into lengths. This rig is the embodiment of Yankee ingenuity with its repurposed frame, undercarriage, engine and front end of one of these famous Ford cars. There is a governor that regulates the speed of the saw blade and a conveyor belt made from a barn cleaner chain among its many features. The rig is part of The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum collection; it will be used as a working exhibit at events this 2016 season at Willowbrook. Much thanks to Tom Bragg of Kennebunk for sawing up white oak for the purpose and re-conditioning the engine and some of the original sheet metal. See details
Marsh Hay Sled Restoration
With the restoration of the The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum bobsled we also completed some restoration of one of Willowbrook's ownbobsleds. The snow vehicle has an interesting original c-shape roofed cab for its driver. The sled was originally used to collect marsh hay during the winter months. The work involved re-wooding the two front bobs in white oak as well as the construction of removable passenger benches for use during our winter events. See details
Logging Bobsled Restoration
It's been a number of year's since Willowbrook has taken on a large scale restoration like the 17 foot logging bobsled we recently finished. The rig is from the collection of The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum in Orrington, ME. Through a partnership this museum paid for and secured materials for the project. Willowbrook organized the labor that included women from the Maine State Corrections Re-Entry Program in Alfred, ME to do much of the project. Volunteers and one paid staff member completed some of the work.The bobsled was used by Willowbrook and the Curran Homestead this winter. See details
Gigantic Pinhole Camera
For the purpose of our recent summer history camp in which our young camper created a pinhole camera, a gigantic version of a pinhole camera was created by our staff so that visitors may enter and experience a camera obscura. This project was sponsored in part by a 2014 Maine Humanities Council grant. The box is completely devoid of light. A pinhole at the front allows light and a projection of imagery in front and outside the box to be projected upside down on a hand held piece of white foam core paper. Depending on how close the foam core is held inside and in front of the pinhole will determine how finally focused the camera is. Our young campers were especially amazed by this. The pinhole camera is on display for your use in the Durgin Barn. See details
Turn-of-the-Century Machine Shop
This project was made possible by partial funding from the Narragansett Number One Foundation. Also, Limington Lumber made a generous donation of building materials. We used this shop for our March 19 & 20 antique engine class setting up a gantry Crane within to lift a 1200 pound 1918 7HP Economy gas engine. See details
Willowbrook's New and Operating Apple Cider Mill
A circa 1870s twin screw apple cider press and grinder that has long been in our collection has been thoroughly restored and made operatable. Cast in Waterville, ME, the screws have been mounted in a new wood 10-inch beam freestanding framework through partial funding from the Narragansett Number One Foundation in Bar Mills, ME and the Davis Family Foundation of Yarmouth, ME. The hemlock timbers were mortise and tenoned with hand tools and the construction is secured with hand cut pegs. The press and the grinder sits more than nine feet tall and is partially powered by an 1870s horse treadmill that is, on occasion, operated by school field trip visitors. The press is under a roof with a cupola and sits on a concrete slab thanks to a partial donation of materials from F.R. Carroll Cement. See details
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