Why You Need to Visit the Historic Woodlawn Museum

The Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth, ME, is an 180-acre historic estate with an enticing history. Serving as home to three generations of the prestigious Black Family, the house and surrounding formal gardens are now a community treasure and visitor destination. At the Woodlawn Museum, you will discover year-round walking trails, gorgeous gardens, period furniture and decor, and a tournament-sized croquet court! Discover this local gem, just a short drive from Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle, when you visit the Down East Coast!

Find out more about all of the wonderful attractions near Pilgrim’s Inn when you download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best recommendations for things to see and do during your visit, such as visit the local Woodlawn Museum.

Visiting the Woodlawn Museum

Visitors can choose from a variety of activities once they have arrived at the stately Woodlawn Museum. With 180 acres to explore, there is a lot of ground to cover and a lot of history to discover. A tour of the historic Black House will take 45 minutes to an hour, while the gift shop is a great follow up. Visitors can also stroll the extensive gardens, come for afternoon tea, view a collection of historic carriages and sleighs, or play croquet. The Woodlawn Museum is a great place to enjoy a picnic on the grounds followed by a walk around the expansive grounds and trails. Antique shows and workshops are also held at this favorite historic attraction! 

The History of the Black Family

Colonel John Black constructed the Woodlawn Estate between 1824 and 1827. The estate’s rich history began on this 180-acre prominent site, which the Black Family occupied in Ellsworth, ME. George Nixon Black, Jr. was the last member of three generations to live at Woodlawn, willing the estate and grounds to the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations back in 1928. He was very proud of his grandfather’s achievements and enjoyed Woodlawn as his ancestral summer home for half a century. His summer visits offered him the chance to pursue his interests in horses, dogs, parties, and antiquing trips. You can still see his personal touches to the estate today. The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations has maintained the grounds since his death in 1928.

Tour & Dine in Downtown Ellsworth

Visiting the Woodlawn Museum is one of our favorite things to do in Ellsworth, Maine. A tour of these beautiful, historic grounds can be followed up by a delicious lunch or dinner of your choice at a nearby Ellsworth, Maine, restaurant. Some great options for dining include 86 This, the Union River Lobster Pot, and Finn’s Irish Pub!

Stay on Quaint Deer Isle at Historic Pilgrim’s Inn

Down East Maine offers a fascinating history and historic sites, including Pilgrim’s Inn. Our bed and breakfast is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a premier destination on Deer Isle for travelers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. Discover the beautiful rocky Maine coast, unique local artwork, and a delicious restaurant along with our charming accommodations! We hope you decide to stay with us for a new adventure!