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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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We re-open July 1, 2016. Open Monday thru Thursday, 10AM-5PM.
Our Maple Syrup Saturday Event on March 19, 2016, 10AM-2PM includes:
Museum Admission During the Season:
$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: Ice Harvest
March 19: Maple Syrup Saturday
May 16-June 30: School Field Trips
June 18: Summerfest: Dinner & Music
July 1: Season Begins
July 2-4: Colonial Re-enactment & More...
July 11-15: Summer History Camp
July 16: Bean Supper
July 16-17: Silent Movie Festival
July 23 & 24: Civil War Event (tentative)
August 13 & 14: Agricultural Fair
August 20: Bean Supper
August 27 & 28: Silent Movie Weekend
September 13: National Glidden Antique Car Show at Willowbrook!
September 17: Painted Pony Party: Dinner, Silent Auction & Music
September 24: Ash Sunday ( White Ash Tree Woodcraft Day)
October 8: Ocktoberfest! (Fundraiser Dinner & Music)
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
CLASSES AT WILLOWBROOK
See our blog for past images and more detailed decriptions of our classes here.
Holiday Gift Certificates for the price of a class are available upon request.
Sat. & Sun., January 16 & 17, 9AM-4PM, Letterpress Printing Class for Ages 12 & Above at the Willowbrook Print Shop ( Snow date: 1/23 & 24 ). $175. Limited to 9 students. Groups welcome. Class includes a short overview of the history of printing. Students will learn to compose and set lead type in a chase under the instruction of Mark Matteau of Dunstan Press of Scarborough, one of very few operating letterpress print shop in Maine. Students will use a 1920s Kelsey, a 1902 Golding Pearl and tentatively a larger format 1901 Golding Jobber. Students will walk away with printed materials of their own composition and industry. There will be opportunities to return to our fully equipped print shop tuition free and to work on your own projects through arrangement. Gift certificates available.
Sat. & Sun., Feb. 13 & 14, 9AM-4PM, , Beginning Blacksmithing: Knife Making Class is scheduled with local knifemaker Frank Vivier. The two day class for $175 involves heating, cutting and shaping spring steel into a blade and tang ( for a handle). Students will use propane burning forges to do much of their work but use a coal forge to heat the blade once shaped and polished for the purpose of hardening through immersion in oil. Since this is a two day class, there will be an opportunity to achieve a greater finish to your blades and to begin making a knife handle. Gift certificates available on request. Payment required in order to register. $175. Credit Cards taken. Contact: email@example.com
Express your Interest in Woodworking: Make a Traditional Six Board Blanket Chest with woodworker & carver Bill Janelle, $200. Using hand tools learn to cut dove tail joints and dados. The chest will be 36" wide, 24" tall, and 18" deep. A family heirloom. Hinges, handles, & a lock set provided. Gift certificates for the class available. Payment required for registration. Pine boards of the proper dimensions will be glued and prepared for each student prior to the class. Tools supplied. Willowbrook Museum. Contact via email or phone. Payment required for registration. Credit cards accepted.
Sat., Jan. 30, 9AM-4PM. Metal Casting Class. $125. Learn the foundations of sand casting, including materials, equipment and techniques with Peter Grant of Odd Duck Foundry. This involves creating a pattern in green, melting metal, and poring a cast. We will work in aluminum and bronze. There is a choice of patterns but we encourage antique engine enthusiasts to take this class, as we have cast muflers, governor weights, and rocker arms. This one day class can introduce you to this useful skill. See our furnace making class details, as this class is offered on Sunday, Jan. 31. Take both classes at a discount, $375 for both). Gift certificates available.
Sun., Jan. 31, 9AM-4PM. Make a Metal Casting Furnace or Propane Burning Blacksmithing Forge, $300. This class could be a continuation of Saturday's class. This class involves cutting a metal tank for the purpose of a furnace/forge. We will stick weld various components to this shell. A mold for the purpose of lining the tank with 2700 degree rated refractory cement ( quick drying ) will be fashioned. A new10 PSI regulator and a propane flame wand made from black metal pipe and fittings are included with this construction. This furnace/forge would allow you to start blacksmithing at your home without the expense of chimney construction. Gift certificates available.
Sat. & Sun, April 23 & 24, 9AM-4PM. Antique Engine Repair and Maintenance. Hands-On Learning about these one cylinder engines knowns as "make & brake (s)", one lungers, and hit & miss engines used for decades by farmers and tradespeople. Two veteran mechanics instruct. We will work on both the mechanical and electrical (magneto/spark) elements. We will change rings on a 7HP Economy, resurrect a hit and miss 1 3/4 horsepower Fairbanks Morse as well as a 5HP Sandwich engine. We might metal cast some parts for the class, i.e, a new rocker arm or muffler. This is an essential and rare opportunity for those interested in these antique engines, $200. Get discount on aforementioned metal casting class, if taken in conjunction with this class.
Our November, 2015 Newsletter here
Our June 2015 Newletter here
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
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 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.
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 always looking for donations of artifacts for our 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 and our cider mill. Also, a big thanks to Limington Lumber for a reduced price on lumber for several recent projects.
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. Through a partnership this museum paid for and secured materials for the project. Willowbrook organized the labor that included women for 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 will be shared by Willowbrook and the Curran Homestead for their annual ice harvests as well as other events. Come to the 2016 Ice Harvest and ride it!
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.
Turn-of-the-Century Machine Shop
This project 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.
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 vintage flat belt pulley driven apple crusher that was re-wooded by staff member Ashley Gerry.
Work continues on the project.
Looking For Volunteers.
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