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Campaign for Woodlawn Receives $350,000 Grant from Anonymous Foundation

Ellsworth – The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees) are pleased to announce that the Campaign for Woodlawn has received a $350,000 grant from a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. The Campaign for Woodlawn is the fundraising effort to fund an $8.2 million project that will establish a multi-purpose facility on the 180-acre historic estate in Ellsworth, Maine.

The new facility will provide year-round space, and allow Woodlawn to attract a larger, more diverse audience to the estate. It will allow for the continued growth of the Woodlawn School Program, which currently serves 1,300 students annually, free of charge.  The Hancock County community will recognize much needed function and event space and Woodlawn will gain exhibit space for its collection as well as traveling exhibits from other museums and organizations.

Woodlawn’s executive director, Joshua C. Torrance shared his enthusiasm on receiving the grant by saying, ““This generous grant puts us another step closer to reaching our goal to establish a top-notch facility at Woodlawn. This extraordinary space will allow us to grow and sustain Woodlawn for generations to come and have significant economic impact for Ellsworth and Hancock County.”

Woodlawn will hold an Open House on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for community members to come and learn about the exciting future plans, meet the architects, tour the property and enjoy a reception in the historic Black House.  To learn more about the Campaign for Woodlawn and make a gift visit

Woodlawn is an educational, cultural, and recreational treasure for the people of Downeast Maine. The main house is open for tours May 1 – October 31 and December 1-23. The public park is open year round, sunrise to sunset. 19 Black House Drive (off of the Surry Road-Rt. 172), Ellsworth, ME. For more information, visit

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