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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 sit

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Museum Admission:

$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.

OUR 4TH BEAN SUPPER ON OCTOBER 3, 4:30-7:30 AND OUR OCTOBERFEST HAVE BEEN COMBINED. The same bean supper food you love plus kielbasa, brautwurst and sauerkraut. Price: Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Child: $4. Locally brewed Gneiss Beer & wine: $3. Live DJ music with a few oompas thrown in. 

2015 Season CALENDAR

July 9 & 10 at the Ossipee Valley Fair. See us.

July 17-19: Silent Movie Festival Click Here

July 17: Talk with Chad Poitras On Victorian Funerary Customs

July 20-24: Summer History Camp for Kids, 7-11.

July 25-26: Civil War Event/ High Tea/Reed Organ Concert

August 1: Centennial Brass Band Fundraising Concert, 6-7PM, Tickets on Sale. More information here.

August 15-16: Agricultural Fair Weekend with Maine Antique Power Association

August 28-31: Silent Movie Weekend Click Here

September 12: Painted Pony Party, Tickets on Sale Click Here

September 24: Golf Outing Fundraiser at Province Lake

September 27: Ash Sunday at Willowbrook

October 3: Oktoberfest!, Tickets on Sale.

October 12: Season Ends

Jan. 30: Ice Harvest

Our museum campus is closed for general visitation until our

Open Thursday thru Monday, 10AM-5PM. A ride on the horse carousel comes with an admission ticket. There are rides scheduled for 11:30AM, 1:30PM & 3PM each day.

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.

Our SANDWICH SHOP menu here


October 10 & 11, 9-3 ( Our Oct. 3 class was cancelled).  Two Day Class in Making a Bowie Knife or Puukko Hunting Knife. Form a blade and handle tang from high carbon steel. Learn the process of shaping, hardening, tempering, filing and polishing with master bladesmith Adriaan Gerber. make one or two knives depending on your productivity. This is a class intended for the beginner touching upon the basics of hand forging. $195 Call: (207) 793-2784,

October 17, 24, & 31, 9-3. Antique Engine Repair & Mainenance Class. This is our second class with antique engine mechanics Russ Welch and Doug Kimball. Learn the mechanics and the ignition systems of make n' brake/ one lunger/ hit n' miss engines. We take 'em apart and put them back together, replace and sometimes fabricate parts. A must for the budding hobbyist. You can take one class or all three. We are starting with a 7HP Economy engine. $195 (3 classes); Individual Classes: $75, (207) 793-2784,

Let us know when you want to take this. Sauerkraut Making Class. Call ahead to reserve. Activity takes place in our Victorian Kitchen. Take the class with a friend, sibling or child. Make two mason jars of sauerkraut to take home. $15

Let us know when you can take it. Two Day Class To Make a Traditional Shaving Horse. $200 Use  traditional tools, and the use of the  technique of riving to create split rails for fashioning a shaving horse with a wooden jaw controlled by a pedal. This tool was used in combination with a draw knife ( see above) to make barrels, spokes, tool handles and a variety of objects. A good class to partner with a spouse, friend or son or daughter on. An heirloom tool for your workshop. This class takes all of two days. Come and see the process on September 27, 10-3 at the museum. Photos.

Let us know when you want to take this. Make a Traditional Blanket Chest. Learn to cut dovetail joints with hand tools. Cut the dado for the bottom panel. Hand tool construction. An heirloom for the family. Wood and tools provided. $250



        2015/2016 SUMMER & FALL FIELD TRIP INFORMATION for Recreational Departments, Homeschoolers and Groups.

        2015  Membership

        Our 2015 membership application is here.


        19th Century Willowbrook Village Benefit Golf Outing at Province Lake Golf Club, September 24, 2015

        18 holes with cart, buffet lunch, many raffle items, hole-in-one car, prizes!

        Contact: Jan Poisson, (207) 929-0019

        See our June 2015 Newletter here

        See 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

        2015 Adopt an Artifact /Project Program

        2015 ADOPT AN ARTIFACT/PROJECT Details and Adoption Form Here

        View 2015 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.

        Recent Happenings

        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 at work on the conversion of the old restoration workshop into our new Machine Shop. This has involved fixing the roof, re-studding the interior walls, insulation and sheathing. Here you see the replacement of some of the exterior sheathing. This shop will be used for programming focused on metal fabrication and antique engine repair and maintenance.

        We need Pies and Collections, Art and/or Photo Contest Entries and Bizarre Vegetables ( Grown this season) Entries for our Agricultural Fair Weekend, August 15-16, 2015. We would greatly appreciated it if you gave us a call and let us know you would like to be a contestant as we get closer to this date: (207) 793-2784. Looking for New England and Maine classic pie entries. Pies recieved by 11 AM on Friday, August 14 until 10AM Saturday, August 15, at the Sandwich Shop, Elm Street, Newfield. Collections, Art and Photo and Bizarre Vegetables Grown entries also accepted at this time and place. We will judge all items received starting at 1PM on August 15. Visitors will view all entries at the red barn building as glass cases will be used for the purpose.



        Sunday September 27, 10-5. ASH SUNDAY, A Showcase of the Wood's Beauty and the Tree's Enemy. Click to see this program in collaboration with the Francis Small Heritage Trust and ForestWorks! Woodworkers, Craftspeople and Scientists Come to Willowbrook to Discuss Environmental Threats and Demonstrate this Tree's Uses.

        Homemade Quilt and Pillow Raffle

        Currently, there is a King Size homemade quilt and pillow being raffled for $5 a ticket, $20 for 5 tickets. The quilt was lovingly made and generously donated by Madge Nickerson of Alton, NH, one of our esteemed board members. The quilt is on display at the Country Store at the museum. The raffle drawing will be at the museum's October 3rd Octoberfest Fundraiser. proceeds go to our educational programming.

        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.

        New Projects:

        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 will be set on cribbing on high in conjunction with this by September, 2015 to allow us to press cider at our Ash Sunday Event on September 27, 2015.

        Work continues on the project.

        Looking For Volunteers.





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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