Upcoming Events:

  • Spring Clean Up Day at Woodlawn
    April 30, 2016

    Spring is here and Woodlawn invites you to help us get ready for the busy summer season.  Please dress appropriately to work outside and bring work...

  • The Black House Opens for the Season
    May 01, 2016

    Black House is open for tours (Self-guided audio tours) May and October Tues.-Sun. 1-4; June-Sept. Tues.-Sat. 10-5 & Sun. 1-4  Admission: Adults...

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Park & Trails

Woodlawn offers over two miles of wooded trails, a championship croquet court, several large fields, orchards and wonderful gardens which combine to create a full palette of color all year long.  The park is open daily sunrise to sunset all year long. Please click here for guidelines on use of the park.  Please click here for information on photography and filming at Woodlawn.

Rules for Use of Grounds & Trails

While enjoying Woodlawn, please keep in mind these rules and help us ensure a pleasant experience for all our visitors.

The Woodlawn Museum grounds (park) and trails are private property owned by the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees).  The museum property is made available under regulations established by the Trustees.  Use of the property in violation of these rules is expressly prohibited.

The property is closed daily from dusk to dawn.

Use of the property is at your own risk.

The Trustees have adopted the city of Ellsworth Animal Control Ordinance that states that all dogs must be controlled by a leash of not more than 8 feet.  (Chapter 22 Sec. 22-5)

Please be respectful of other guests.  Clean up after your dog and dispose of garbage and litter in approved garbage receptacles.

Unauthorized use of the property for a commercial purpose is not permitted.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted off roadways or beyond assigned parking areas.

Woodlawn is a tobacco free campus.  Smoking is not permitted.

Unauthorized use of alcohol is not permitted on the property and the Trustees have adopted the State of Maine law on public drinking (MRS Title 17, Chapter 69: Intoxication).

These rules are subject to change without notice.

We thank you for your cooperation in observing and following these rules.

Please call 667-8671 with questions regarding these rules.

—Adopted by the Woodlawn Museum Executive Committee, May 21, 2008

For a printable pdf of these rules, please click here.

Please click here for Woodlawn's Photography & Filming Policy

Croquet Court

Woodlawn's croquet court (85 feet by 105 feet) is Maine's only tournament sized croquet court.  It is open for play from May until October. Although six-wicket croquet is the primary game played at Woodlawn, other games such as nine-wicket and golf croquet, are also played.  A variety of other programs and instruction for both seasoned and new players are offered during the season.

Regular play on the court is available to the public through a yearly fee or on a play per game basis. Fees include the equipment needed to play. United Sates Croquet Association Members are welcome.

The Croquet Program schedule is listed on our calendar page.


Woodlawn’s trails were built as exercise tracks for the Black family’s horses, and later automobiles were driven on them.  Today they are used for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, running, and walking.  Benches are provided near the peaceful lily pond and other locations for rest and contemplation. Click here for a printable map of the trails.

Stone Walls

For over 180 years, stone walls have quietly defined Woodlawn’s boundaries.  Measuring approximately a mile and half long, their grace and beauty are testament to a traditional New England craft while quietly reminding us of the estate’s agricultural roots.  The dry-laid fieldstone walls can be traced to Col. John Black’s use of Woodlawn as a gentleman’s farm, most likely built as fields were cleared for cultivation.   Woodlawn has recently begun a project restore the stone walls.


Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park
P.O. Box 1478  •  Rte. 172  •  Ellsworth, Maine 04605  •  (207) 667-8671