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19th Century Willowbrook Village

 

Willowbrook Museum

Two historic houses and their barns, a reproduction schoolhouse and bandstand, and a millpond grace 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 Re-Open for the Season on Memorial Day Weekend ( May 24, 25, and 26, 2014)!


Horse-drawn sleighs, carriages, and trades wagons (like this original butcher's panel wagon that we have with many others) , an 1849 Concord stagecoach, a 1894 carousel, gas engines and  exhibits of various trades and tools – blacksmith, broom maker, canoe builder, cooper, cobbler, harness maker, printer, wheelwright, woodworker - are just a few of the delightful displays you'll see!

Our 1894 steam powered horse carousel is a rare treat. Yes, you can ride it!

January 2, 2014 Press Release: Willowbrook Receives Grant to Further Hands-On and Living History Experiences: HERE

Our first annual ice harvest was a success. We harvested 18 inch thick ice blocks from the mill pond using only traditional hand tools. A big thank you to the Historical Society of Newfield and The Curran Homestead Living History Farm and Museum for their assistance.

The event was featured on Bill Green's Maine on February 22, 2014. See here

Calendar

Be sure to check our calendar for exciting events and activities.

See our blog here. Our current list of workshops with full description is found there. Scroll down  and photos of past classes may be seen. Also, scroll down and see the offerings below. 

Go to our Facebook here.

Traditional Arts Workshops: March, April and May, 2014

Class size limited. Reserve your place now by contacting us. Partner up with a sibling, spouse, friend or parent and get a reduced tuition rate for our workshops. Call: (207) 793-2784, leave a message, or Email: director@willowbrookmuseum.org

See blog for our complete listing of workshops and information about them.

A 5 Day Workshop (Mon. thru Fri.), May 19-23, 2014: Timber Framing and Blacksmithing Hardware Making Class (Instructor: Adriaan Gerber). 

 

Tuition: Course: $675. With 4 nights and 5 days of rooming dormitory style in the adjacent mill house next to the waterfalls with the course: $1000; Course, room and board (breakfast and lunch each day)---the total package: $1175. Tools provided for the class or a tool Kit can be purchased:$125, includes both new and vintage tools: a large 3 inch wood slick, 3 assorted chisels, hardwood mallet, handsaw, scribing tool, bevel square, skill knife, bit and brace in handmade toolbox.

For information about our workshops in woodworking, metal casting, blacksmithing and jewelry making, visit our blog here.

  
 
 

 

 

2014 19th Century Willowbrook Village  Membership

Although we don't re-open for visitation until May, it isn't too early to get a membership or renew a membership, especially if you want to take advantage of the reduced tuition costs for our traditional arts workshops available to our membership! here

Newsletter

Read our new November, 2013 Newsletter with 2014 Adopt an Artifact, Building and/or Project Program introduction, adoption list, and adoption form as well as our 2014 Annual Giving Request Form 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.

Our New 2014 School Field Trip Flyer here

Go to our "FIELD TRIP" webpage by scrolling down and clicking

Please take another minute to read and share the attached School Field Trip Flyer with a parent, a family member, an educator, or community group whose children would benefit from our unique school programs.

Please, give a child the opportunity to learn about the past, because without understanding it, you cannot plan your future. Willowbrook is the way life used to be. More information available here.

Homeschoolers and Kid Groups

We have a full schedule of workshop offerings. These are hands-on workshops that focus on traditional arts and crafts but some provide lessons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Please contact us if your group would like to schedule a different date and time for these workshops. Contact us about group rates. More details about the following workshops can be found here.

The Amos Straw Country Store will be 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.

Blacksmithing and Bladesmithing

Classes are given regularly with master badesmith Adriaan Gerber. Contact us, if you are interested in taking one of these classes. See Adriaan Gerber's knives and other edge tools here.

 

 

Recent Developments:

The museum received a long term loan of a theatrical set commissioned and used in a production of Titanic at the Lyric Theatre in Burlington, VT.

The set was created by art directors Mary and Mike Kenny of South Burlington, VT. This 1912 re-creation of the radio room from the H.M.S. Titanic ocean liner was thoroughly researched and created in wood, metal and other materials.

Our plan is to create two radio rooms, the H.M.S. Titanic and Carpathia, so that students can send and receive Morse code by telegraph. These rooms will include a number of working telegraph keys that will be powered by batteries.

The Telephone Museum of Ellsworth, ME has been working on a project with us. As you might recall, there is a phone like this on the wall in the kitchen of the Dr. Isaac Trafton House. It has always been part of the static kitchen exhibit.

During the summer a telephone wire was run from this phone to the ice cream parlor where a long term loaned phone of similar design will be mounted courtesy of The Telephone Museum. Both kids and adults will be able to communicate between the two phones with other interactive play/learning planned with hand crank dynamos. See blog for more information.

We disassembled and transported a circa 1935 blacksmith shop from Lincolnville, Maine last season.

A steel reinforced concrete slab was completed, and we anticipate re-assembling the Tom Flagg Smithy in April and May of 2014 for our season opening.  We will construct two brick chimneys on the slab.

We are looking for donations of used brick and volunteers to help with the completion of this project. Much thanks to F.R. Carroll Cement of Limerick, ME for their generous donation of materials.

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 late nineteenth century machinist shop scenario at Willowbrook. With this donation came another sizeable anonymous one that includes a similar vintage Bridgeport milling machine, bandsaw, and other equipment, which we will move to the museum from Meriden, CT in the Spring of 2014.

A circa 1870s twin screw apple cider press that was produced in Waterville, ME is in the process of being entirely restored by Adriaan Gerber of Lamoine ( he is the instructor for our upcoming timber framing class). As part of our Davis Family Foundation grant we will replace the two vertical supports as they have become decayed and add a base that will make the apparatus free standing. this will all be done using mortise and tenon joinery.

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 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