LIVERMORE — The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will hold a Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

Special events include:

• A living history presentation about Sailor Samuel Washburn presented by Norlands’ interpretive staff, and featuring readings from Washburn’s Civil War Journal, will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the library.

• Guided nature walks to the Pools of Simeon — two reflecting pools and overlook with a view of Mount Washington — at noon and 2 p.m. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a slight incline on the way back. Tours begin in front of the schoolhouse.

• A talk and exhibit on early tools will be given by HG “Skip” Brack, founder/curator of the Davistown Museum in Liberty, at 12:30 p.m. in the meetinghouse.

• A concert by Dr. Stephen N. Sanfilippo, “America’s Easternmost Chanteyman,” who will present “Ironclads: Naval Ballads of Iron Warships of the Civil War,” at 2:30 p.m. Sanfilippo will play songs with and without banjo and guitar accompaniment. Songs will be introduced in historical context and most have easily learned choruses and the audience will be encouraged to sing along.

There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations, tours of the 1867 Washburn family Victorian mansion, apple pressing, games, activities in the one-room schoolhouse, a dress-up are for children, an oxen team demonstration and more. Homemade donuts will be served and there will also be a living history cooking demonstration.

Admission costs $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger and $15 for families. For more information, call 897-4366 or visit

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