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Address: 19 Black House Dr, Ellsworth, ME 04605-2320
Phone Number:
+1 207-667-8671
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Woodlawn is a 180-acre historic estate located a quarter mile from downtown...

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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Awesome Self Guided Tour

Beautiful landscape and a knowledgeable self guided tour of historical mansion. Highly recommend visiting and walking the paths.

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Carolen A
Somerset, Ohio
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Somerset, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful landscape and a knowledgeable self guided tour of historical mansion. Highly recommend visiting and walking the paths.

Thank Carolen A
Sacramento, California, USA
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Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We took a self-guided tour of this mansion that was built in 1824 to 1828. The grandson that set the house up as a museum at his death died in 1928. All of the original Furnishings, dishes, carpets, bedding are intact. There were items given by George Washington to this family on display. Beautiful house and grounds. More cloud pictures... More 

1 Thank 794nancyh
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Woodlawn is a beautiful historic home with lovely gardens - it's not something I'd recommend for kids however for older children and adults, who are interested in the history of an area, it's worth a visit!

Thank New_Englander225
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

I enjoy old house mansion museum tours. This one is very nice. Not for children. Good audio self guided tour with extra details available. A big Antiques fair is scheduled for next week. I'm sorry I will miss it.

1 Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Besides the wonderful history, Woodlawn is a central piece of the community. From farmers' markets, to fundraisers, to organized runs, Woodlawn not only provides a wonderful visit, it makes the town a better place to live.

1 Thank Keith H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

The Woodlawn every year has a theme for their Christmas season. This year 2015 it was Trees. There were trees there from local businesses of every shape color and theme. The tours were very good and seeing the different themed Christmas trees was great. The gift shop is good but a bit pricey. But a well worth the trip to... More 

1 Thank Randy E
Ellsworth, Maine
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Reviewed 15 December 2015

This house tells about a great deal of the area's history, and the grounds and walking trails behind it are open all year round. They hold a high tea occasionally and have year-round programs and a nice gift shop. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Irene W
Ellsworth, Maine
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

My favorite part of Woodlawn has to be the trails, which are free to use. I especially like them in the winter for snowshoeing. I have also had fun sliding down the hill in front of the museum in the winter. The tour costs money, but it is worthwhile as long as you realize it is self-guided with headphones. On... More 

1 Thank acadiateacher
Mount Desert Island, Maine
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

Beautiful Christmas trees in a special historic home in Ellsworth, Maine. Last year I invited two friends to go to "High Tea". We loved the tea and sat overlooking the fresh falling snow and included was a tour of the home. Each room is simply marvelous and we really liked that we could buy the tea in their gift shop.... More 

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Phyllis Y, Public Relations Manager at Woodlawn, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful feedback on our Holiday High Teas. We are offering this year's Teas on Wednesdays, December 9 and 16 and Fridays, December 11 and 18. Tea starts at 3 p.m. and you are correct in saying the dates fill up fast! You can call your reservation in, (207) 667-8671. More 

San Francisco, California
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685 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Really intriguing look into a chapter of Maine history. Well thought through self-guided tour. Can be chilly inside in the fall months - plan accordingly.

Thank Yog-Sothoth

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