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Woodlawn Invites You to an Open House

Ellsworth – Woodlawn’s governing board, the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees) invite you to an Open House on Wednesday, October 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the estate and learn about exciting plans for Woodlawn’s future.

According to Woodlawn’s executive director, Joshua Torrance, “This will be the community’s opportunity to learn about our plans to revitalize the estate’s carriage barn as a community and education space.  The project architects from Oudens Ello Architecture will be here along with the Woodlawn Trustees.  Our guests will hear firsthand about the project, can ask questions, and enjoy a reception in the historic Black House.” Light refreshments by Flexit Café & Bakery in downtown Ellsworth will be served. The famous Black House Cookie, made from an historic recipe will be among the selections.

The revitalized carriage barn will provide year-round space, and allow Woodlawn to attract a larger, more diverse audience to the estate and Ellsworth. 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.

In 2015, the Trustees launched the Campaign for Woodlawn an $8.2 million fundraising effort to fund the establishment of a multi-purpose facility on the 180-acre historic estate in Ellsworth. Commenting on the status of the Campaign, Torrance said, “This past August we announced that the Campaign for Woodlawn had achieved its first $2 million fundraising match towards a $4 million matching grant we received from a private foundation.  This fundraising milestone included $718,539 from 100% of our Trustees, $172,000 from the local business community, and $70,850 from individuals and $57,500 foundations. Additionally, an anonymous donor issued a $1 million challenge gift (successfully met). While we still have a way to go, we are getting closer every day.”

Torrance further remarked, “It is great to have so many people excited about this project and committed to its success. We look forward to having the community visit for our Open House to learn more about our work and to celebrate with us as we look to the future.”  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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