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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 site.
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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.
Winter Workshops. These make wonderful presents before or after the holidays! See images from past classes like these on our blog.
By Appointment. Making Your Own Holiday/ Seasons Greeting Cards at the Print Shop. Ages 8 and above. Limited to group of 8. In this off seson class, you will learn some of the basics of composing and setting lead type in a chase and letter press printing. You will compose your own card using one of our die cuts, one of dozens of hand made linoleum cut blocks used for this purpose in years past, or create your own image to go with a text that you print on one of our letter presses. The class will be three hours plus. The date and time is by arrangement. You will take home the cards you make. $45
By Appointment. Letter Press Printing at the Print Shop. On Nov. 18, we have a group of 9 homeschooled students (8-11 years old) taking this class; you can bring your group too through a reservation. The class 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.
Sat. & Sun., Nov.22 & 23, 10-4PM. 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.
1. By Appointment, weekdays o weekends, one day, 10-3PM, Blacksmithing 101: make a "J" Hook and "S" Hook. Learn some of the basics of blacksmithing. Ages 13 and older. $70
2. Sat. & Sun., Dec. 1 & 2, 10-4PM. Two Day Tomahawk & Bowie Hunting Knife Making Class with Adriaan Berber (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: $250, Members: $225
3. Fridays, Dec. 7, 14 and/or 21, 5-9PM. 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.
4. Sat. & Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10-4PM. 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.
5. Sat. & Sun., Dec. 15 & 16, 10-4PM. Six Board Blanket Chest Making. Make a heirloom chest for your family with dovetail joints and dados using hand tools. The pine box will measure approximately 36" x 18" x 24". Materials and tools provided. $300.
6. Sat. & Sun., Dec. 29-30, 9-4PM. 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 19th Century Willowbrook Village Membership
Due to increasing costs, we will be raising our membership fees as of January 1, 2015. Buy your membership before the New Year and get membership at 2014 prices. Our membership application is here.
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2014 Adopt an Artifact, Building, and/or Project Program
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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.
WINTER WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS
*ICE HARVEST WORKSHOP: In late January and early February, 2015, we are offering a hands-on workshop about ice harvesting. This will be a 10-1PM program. This will include an overview of the history of ice harvesting. It will include harvesting ice using vintage hand tools. It will also involve the use of a block and tackle and other lifting tools. Soup and sandwich lunch available. Call us at 207-793-2784 for more information.
LETTER PRESS PRINTING FOR KIDS. learn about the history of printing. Hands on experience with composing andhand setting lead type on a hundred year old printing press. The class is limited to 6-8 students. A parent can accompany for free. Soup and sandwich available. Call us at 207-793-2784 for more information.
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.
We are always looking for donations of artifacts for a working collection and volunteers to help with the completion of our various project.
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.
Turn-of-the-Century Machinist Shop
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 machinist shop scenario.
Partial grant funding from the Narragansett Number One Foundation makes possible the adaptation of the old workshop next to the Trafton House into a machinist shop as well as making the nearby open shed into a working cider mill.
The idea is to have metal working opportunities for adults who will provide living history in the pursuit of their own metal fabrication projects and the museum's. This machine area will be cordoned off but visible, and space will be provided for metal fabrication and machine making for young visitors in proximity.
Another important donation comes from Bridgeport, CT and includes a line shaft pulley driven milling machine, bandsaw, and other equipment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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