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Address: Rte. 172, Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone Number: 12076678671
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Woodlawn is a 180-acre historic estate located a quarter mile from downtown...

Woodlawn is a 180-acre historic estate located a quarter mile from downtown Ellsworth, Maine. Once home to three generations of the Black family, it is now treasured for its historic house museum, its gardens, and its public park. Visitors can explore a superb historic house, stroll through beautiful gardens, play croquet, hike on pristine trails, and much more.

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Lovely old house and grounds

This house tells about a great deal of the area's history, and the grounds and walking trails behind it are open all year round. They hold a high tea occasionally and have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Irene W
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Ellsworth, Maine
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Ellsworth, Maine
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This house tells about a great deal of the area's history, and the grounds and walking trails behind it are open all year round. They hold a high tea occasionally and have year-round programs and a nice gift shop. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Irene W
Ellsworth, Maine
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

My favorite part of Woodlawn has to be the trails, which are free to use. I especially like them in the winter for snowshoeing. I have also had fun sliding down the hill in front of the museum in the winter. The tour costs money, but it is worthwhile as long as you realize it is self-guided with headphones. On... More 

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1 Thank acadiateacher
Mount Desert Island, Maine
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Beautiful Christmas trees in a special historic home in Ellsworth, Maine. Last year I invited two friends to go to "High Tea". We loved the tea and sat overlooking the fresh falling snow and included was a tour of the home. Each room is simply marvelous and we really liked that we could buy the tea in their gift shop.... More 

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Thank 24Travel2002
Phyllis Y, Public Relations Manager at Woodlawn, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on our Holiday High Teas. We are offering this year's Teas on Wednesdays, December 9 and 16 and Fridays, December 11 and 18. Tea starts at 3 p.m. and you are correct in saying the dates fill up fast! You can call your reservation in, (207) 667-8671. More 

San Francisco, California
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460 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Really intriguing look into a chapter of Maine history. Well thought through self-guided tour. Can be chilly inside in the fall months - plan accordingly.

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Thank Yog-Sothoth
Western NY
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105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We love visiting historic homes. Woodlawn has many furnishings from the family who originally lived here, which is not typical for historic homes. The grounds are lovely as well. Well worth a stop.

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Thank Kay7979
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

I did not expect or anticipate a museum in Ellsworth, Maine could be so incredible! Right behind my backyard! It was as if I stepped back in time and visited Downton Abbey. I was expecting Mr Carson any minute. The place is exquisite and the place is extremely well maintained. Worth a visit.

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Thank Muneer H
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My dog needed to run after a long day in the car. We arrived at the Black House about 6:30 and Buster had a wonderful run all around the yard. There are also walking trails behind the stable and the local croquet club is on the side lawn. Great solitude and felt safe, even if we were the only ones... More 

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Cool house and tour, worth the $10.00 for admission. Nice if looking for something to do on a rainy day.

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Little Egg Harbor, Nj
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Looking for something to do mostly indoors in Ellsworth? A visit to the Black House at Woodlawn is very interesting. The history of the house and the family go back to before the Revolutionary War. There is also a nice little gift shop.

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Bangor, Maine
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94 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Well, it was interesting enough but nothing was 'really wow'. Maybe the teas they hold are more engaging? My mom and I went through and we were both underwhelmed. Pretty enough grounds. Quiet, rustic elegance.

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Thank freddapick
Phyllis Y, Public Relations Manager at Woodlawn, responded to this review

Our summer, Tea Time Tours are a staff led tour with tea and cookies served on the Woodlawn tea lawn. If you enjoy asking questions and a conversational experience at historic properties, please plan to join us next summer. In the 2015 season our Tea Time Tours were held on Wednesday afternoons in July and August. We may expand the... More 

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