Woodlawn Museum
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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 take a tour of the house museum in season, stroll the gardens and grounds, play croquet, hike on around two miles of wooded trails.
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John and Rose P
Walden, NY155 contributions
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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Marilynn H
Hampton, CT112 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
So happy my husband and I went to do the tour of this beautiful, historic home in Ellsworth.
The self-guided tour is perfect! You can take as much time or as little time as you wish! Every room has a main passsage, but there are also many other additional things you can listen to if you wish. We took a very long time - took us an hour and a half, but a couple came as we were about half way through and they finished before us - so it's perfect for everyone.
Such an incredibly interesting family and I had never heard of them. The house is filled with their belongings and their story - it's like if you waited a short time, they might come back and you could have a conversation with them.
The docent who was on duty was so knowledgeable had helpful and she had just moved from California to Maine in April - yet she knew all kinds of cool and interesting tidbits she showed us. For instance, the fire door from the old kitchen to the rest of the house is fabulously interesting and isn't part of the audio tour - I assume so every single person who goes through isn't closing a heavy metal door on the rest of the visitors.
It is a fantastic tour and I'm sure we'll be back. We didn't have time to explore the gardens and trails, but we will definitely check them out another time we're in the area.
Written July 24, 2017
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Thank you for taking time to share your visit to Woodlawn on Trip Advisor. Our museum is known locally as "The Black House" as it was the family home of John and Mary Black. The three generations of the Black family that owned the home lovingly cared for it. The last Mr. Black, Nixon as he was called by friends and family, planned for the house to be a museum and helped to stage it in the home-like setting you see today. Do come back and enjoy the public park at Woodlawn. The grounds are open daily, dawn to dusk, free of charge, year round.
Written July 26, 2017
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Kathleen R
Ellsworth, ME23 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
Woodlawn is the jewel of Ellsworth, and it has something for everyone, be it the beautiful grounds, which refer to English gardens, to the architecture, historical figures who lived there, antiques and art, and extensive trails for hiking. There's even a frog pond for the kiddies! The home is exceedingly well-maintained as a museum and even though they have instituted audio tours, there's usually a docent or historian present to elaborate on the property's incredibly rich history.
Written July 29, 2013
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Diane G
Coker Creek, Tennessee, United States17 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
I am from out of state and visited Black House for an afternoon tea recently. It was held outdoors on the lawn and it certainly was a lovely summer afternoon. But I was disappointed with the food, and thought the cost was quite extravagant for the amount they served. And there were not even any scones! How can you call this a tea without proper scones and cream? Unless you visited the museum, you certainly did not get what you paid for, and even then, I'm not sure.
Written August 28, 2013
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Linda P
Ellsworth, ME12 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
After local farmers have worked hard to maintain a YEAR-ROUND schedule of a weekly farmers market on the Woodlawn grounds. Woodlawn seems to have lost them. I wonder why?- certainly the commitment to this community offering was clearly demonstrated by our local growers and makers....
Written June 23, 2013
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David G
Middletown, RI84 contributions
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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Ashley
18 contributions
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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LMBFAB
Ellsworth, ME10 contributions
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, RI3,448 contributions
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
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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Woodlawn Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM