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Woodlawn to present Shipbuilding and the Working Waterfront on the Union River

Ellsworth –  Woodlawn welcomes Ellsworth historian, Darlene Springer who will present, Shipbuilding and the Working Waterfront on the Union River on Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
This historic talk will cover life around the Union River from 1763 to 1963.  Sawmills, lumbering, shipbuilding, spring freshets, fires, road building, merchants, schools, national service in time of war and celebrations will be examined.  While dates and facts will be mentioned, her emphasis will be placed on giving attendees the opportunity to imagine everyday live in Ellsworth over the years.

Darlene Springer is the author of The Great Fire of Ellsworth 1933 and an avid collector of vintage Ellsworth artifacts and pictures.  She is a member of the Ellsworth Historical Society and serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having documented her descent from Lt. Elijah Wilbur, Revolutionary War soldier and patriot.  An Ellsworth business owner, she can be found most days on Water Street at Dunn’s Monument Shop, celebrating 135 years in 2017.
The Lecture Series will include a slide show and discussion in Woodlawn’s Sleigh Barn. For complete details on each of the topics in the Woodlawn History Lecture series, and to reserve your free ticket, visit the program calendar at The series is open to the public and free of charge, however donations are greatly appreciated. The final presentation in the series will be on October 25, College of the Atlantic professor, Todd Little-Siebold will present, Apples of Downeast Maine, 1670 to the Present.  Information and registration for this program is on the calendar page at
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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