Woodlawn

Woodlawn, Ellsworth: Hours, Address, Woodlawn Reviews: 4.5/5

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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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1-2 hours
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David G
Middletown, RI84 contributions
Lots of trails
Aug 2020
We were looking for outside things to do during the pandemic. Lots of trails here, but they were not very well marked. Good place to walk for an hour or two - but bring bug spray!
Written August 16, 2020
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MaggieDogME
Bangor, ME102 contributions
Christmas tree spectacular
Dec 2019 • Friends
Woodlawn is open in December with beautifully decorated trees done by local businesses. They also have tea on Wednesday and Friday. Everything in the gift shop was 20 to 40% off. We both enjoyed the self guided tour that let us look around at our own pace. We will definitely go back this summer to see the spacious grounds.
Written December 6, 2019
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Ashley
18 contributions
A history must!
Jun 2019
A 45 minute self guided audio tour talking about the Black family. The house might not seem like the historical mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, but it has the same amount of history. This location is off the beaten path in Ellsworth and while we visited before the tourism season really kicked off, there was still a potential chance of crowding. We had the place to ourself and the woman at the counter was super kind and helpful. They also have hiking trails on the property as well, but we did not have a chance to explore them. While you can do an activity like this with kids, the main attraction is the audio tour so it depends on how much your children will pay attention and actually benefit from something like this. Otherwise, it would be hard to entertain your children otherwise.
Written September 30, 2019
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Philip C
York, ME471 contributions
A Must for History Buffs
Sep 2019
In and of itself, the building and its contents are a great example of a Federal Era home. However, the house was also built to as the "home office" of John Black, a land agent turned land owner during the time when Maine's natural resources were first being exploited. Black's grandson, Nixon, became owner and did much to preserve and enhance the house. The self-guided audio tour is comprehensive and educational.
Written September 13, 2019
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LMBFAB
Ellsworth, ME10 contributions
A bit of Maine history with a great audio tour
Nov 2018
Because the house was donated at the owner's death, the objects in the house are original which adds to the history. The type audio tour was new to me. You could stop at each room and get an explanation plus you could get more detailed explanations if you chose.
Written July 1, 2019
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Barry N
Coventry, RI2,812 contributions
what a neat place to visit
Jun 2018 • Couples
how did the wealthy Main families live back in the day. you will see for yourself when you visit Woodlawn mansion. Lots of original pieces and carpets/rugs,special windows,take a self guided tour of the home and barns. a great place to visit and kid friendly.
Written January 6, 2019
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catm93
Black Forest, CO15 contributions
A house locked into time.
Aug 2018 • Friends
I was amazed at how much of the original contents of the house were still there. The carpet and bed hangings were all documented as being bought by the home's early owners. It was like the occupants left the house in the 1920's and left the keys for us to get in. I really liked the St. Bernard dog house outside. I wish the carriage house would of been open when we visited. Well worth my time to visit.
Written November 11, 2018
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Gary L
Pittsfield, ME97 contributions
Great insights to our past
Aug 2018
Nicely restored and accurate mansion showing conditions and mentality of life on coastal Maine. The three tier windows that became openings onto the porch were very unique and interesting.
Written November 11, 2018
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John and Rose P
Walden, NY157 contributions
Beautiful!
Sep 2017 • Friends
We were so glad to have stopped Woodlawn. You go at your own pace on the self-guided tour. The barns were interesting too see. The gardens are neatly kept. The croquet field is very nicely kept. If you had a question, the lady at the desk was always so helpful! Very well done!
Written October 18, 2017
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Thank you for your visit and taking the time to submit a review on your experience. The grounds are lovely year round, but the fall is exceptionally beautiful with the vibrant foliage. We often are complimented on the self-directed audio tour. It works well for our guests as they can spend as much time as they like, and fits into everyone's plan for their day! We hope you enjoyed your time in Ellsworth and will make a return visit in the future.
Written October 20, 2017
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gwilson86
Atlanta, GA73 contributions
Good tou
Sep 2017 • Couples
A very good depiction of life in the house. Excellent architectural features and the recorder self guided tour does a very good job of the detail, and you go at your own pace.
Written October 11, 2017
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Thank you for your visit and your review. Fall is a beautiful time to visit the State of Maine and Woodlawn! We often hear from guests that they appreciate the audio tour and the ability to take their visit at their own pace.
Written October 12, 2017
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Woodlawn is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM