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Best Bed Symposium

Celebrating an American Treasure: Woodlawn’s 1827 Best Bed: Context & Conservation

Friday, September 26, 2014

Woodlawn is pleased to present a special one-day symposium, Celebrating an American Treasure: Woodlawn’s 1827 Best Bed: Context & Conservation, on September 26, 2014, from 8:15 am to 4 pm. This program celebrates the recently completed conservation of the 1827 best bed and its original dimity and silk bed curtains.  These extraordinary textiles have been accessible to the public since Woodlawn first opened as a house museum in 1929. Their conservation ensures their continued preservation for decades to come.  The conservation work, conducted over 1 ½ years by Deirdre Windsor, from Windsor Conservation, in Dover, Massachusetts and Jon Brandon, from East Point Conservation Studio in Brunswick, Maine, was generously supported by the Coby Foundation of New York and the Felicia Fund of Providence, Rhode Island.

To register for the symposium, click here.

Symposium Program

8:15-9:15        Continental breakfast; house will be open for Best Bed viewing

9:15-9:30        Welcome & Remarks: Why Conservation?, Joshua Campbell Torrance, Executive Director

9:30-10:15      Woodlawn in the History of Maine’s Great 19th-century Estates, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Director, Maine Historic Preservation Commission

10:15-11:00    Black's 1827 Best Bed: Understanding Its Significance At Home and Abroad, Jane C. Nylander, President Emerita, Historic New England. This lecture will address the importance of Black’s best bed by placing it in context of American interior design. English precedents will be discussed.

11:00-11:15    Break

11:15-12:00    Natalie Larson, Historic Textile Reproductions, Williamsburg, Va., and Laura F. Sprague, independent curator and Best Bed project manager, Bought in Boston, Lives in Maine: John Black’s Best Bed and Its Extraordinary History. Woodlawn’s best bed survives with more original elements than any other historic example known in America.  Laura will introduce the bed’s remarkable documentation and Natalie will discuss details of what was learned during the conservation project.

12:00               Lunch

12:45-1:30      The Process of Conserving an American Treasure, Deirdre Windsor, Principal, Windsor Conservation

1:30-3:00        Best Bed and Collections Special Subject Tours: Afternoon tours offer a rare opportunity to focus on Woodlawn’s extraordinary collection of decorative arts. Deirdre Windsor and Natalie Larson will discuss the best bed in the best bed chamber, and Joshua Torrance and Laura F. Sprague, independent curator, will lead tours of Woodlawn’s furniture, textiles, and other notable collections.

Calendar & Programs

Woodlawn hosts nearly 90 programs (some free and some for fees) each year including a variety of workshops, a spring and fall lecture series, garden programs, and afternoon teas.  Visit our calendar to see what’s happening next at Woodlawn.

Christmas at Woodlawn

Visit Woodlawn this holiday season and experience the splendor of Christmas at Woodlawn: Holiday Traditions from Around the World. Area decorators have created wonderful displays throughout the house, with each room decorated in the style of a different country.   Guests can view the displays at the following events:

Holiday Tours- Dec. 1 - 23, 10 am - 4pm
Tour Woodlawn and see splendid decorations while hearing a special audio tour presentation on the history of Christmas at Woodlawn and in New England.  Visit our calendar page for more information.

Holiday High Teas Dec. 4, 11, 13, and 18 at 3 pm
Enjoy a traditional high tea among the wonderful decorations.  Visit our calendar page for more information.

Traditional Christmas Feasts Dec. 11 and 18
In partnership with Chipper's Restaurant, Woodlawn will offer two traditional Christmas Feasts featuring a standing rib roast!
Visit our calendar page for more information.

Holiday Open House- Dec. 21, 4-7 pm
Join us for the annual Woodlawn Holiday Open House. 
Mingle with friends, try the Woodlawn Christmas cocktail, and enjoy superb hors d'oeuvres by Chipper's Restaurant. Click here for more information.


2013 Christmas at Woodlawn Decorators

The Bar Harbor Garden Club
The Bucksport Garden Club
The Ellsworth Garden Club
The Surry Garden Club
The Gallery at Somes Sound
NewLand Florist
MM Julz Christmas Shop



Workshops & Lectures

With topics ranging from gardens to antiques and from craft workshops to chocolate making, there is something for everyone.  Our spring and fall lecture series showcases interesting historical perspectives and also topics of local interest.  Make sure to visit our calendar to find out what’s happening next.

Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn


2014 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn

August 13 - 16

A Benefit for Woodlawn School Programs

Sponsored by

The Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn, staged under a tent on the museum grounds, is America's longest running summer antiques show. With a reputation as one of the finest summer antiques show in the country, the show will feature twenty-eight dealers of national as well as regional renown.

Twelve Maine antiques dealers join with fifteen dealers from across the east coast and as far away as Missouri to present a diverse selection of art and antiques. Fine examples of American and English furniture and accessories, American paintings and watercolors, quilts, prints, rare books, ceramics, folk art, silver, jewelry, and oriental rugs will be among the items for sale.

Click here for a list of the 2014 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn dealers.

The Cocktail Party
$50 per person / $90 per couple

The Cocktail Party and The Dinner
$135 per person / $250 per couple
Table for six $650

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click to print R.S.V.P. form

Show Hours ~ subject to change

  • Thursday, August 14, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Friday, August 15, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 16 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

General admission is $10 per person or $15 for both the show and a Woodlawn Tour.

Opening Night Festivities

underwritten by


The Cocktail Party

Wednesday, August 13, 5 to 7:30 pm

Be first to preview the fabulous antiques and decorative fine art at the nation’s longest running antiques show.


The Cocktail Party and The Dinner

Wednesday, August 13, 7:30 pm

After the party, stay and join show dealers, local artists and other guests for a sumptuous dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients.  Seating is limited to 75.



Additional Sponsorship Support for the Ellsworth Antiques Show from:

Eaton Peabody

Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC

Maine Coast Health Care Foundation


and from:

Brown Appliance and Mattress, Inc.

The Eagle's Lodge Motel

Finn's Irish Pub

Jones Real Estate Agency

Roy, Beardsley, Williams, & Granger, LCC



2014 Dealer List

2014 Ellsworth Antiques Show at Woodlawn Dealers
W. M. Schwind, Jr. (Yarmouth, ME)

The Boathouse (Wiscasset, ME)

DeWolfe & Wood Rare Books (Alfred, ME)

Martin J. Ferrick (Addison, ME)

James & Nancy Glazer (Bailey Island, ME)

Robert T. Foley (Gray, ME)

Sally & Alan Good (Ambler, PA)

Hanes & Ruskin (Old Lyme, CT)

Malcolm Magruder (Millwood, VA)

John Hunt Marshall (Westhampton, MA)

The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd (Philadelphia, PA)

A.E. Runge, Jr., Oriental Rugs (Yarmouth, ME)

Robert Sears & Harold Tither (Somers, CT)

George Subkoff Antiques (Westport, CT)

Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge (Ossining, NY)

Suzanne Courcier & Robert W. Wilkins (Yarmouth Port, MA)

Clark Point Gallery (Southwest Harbor, ME)

Pioneer Folk Art (Ellsworth, ME)

Beck's Antiques (Fredericksburg, VA)

The Federalist Antiques (Kenilworth, IL)

Hermitage Antiques (Harrison, ME)

Stephen-Douglas Antiques (Rockingham, VT)

Georgian Manor Antiques (Fairhaven, MA)

Dennis Raleigh Antiques (Wiscasset, ME)

Alexander Reeves Fine Art and Antiques (Richmond, VA)

Dover House Antiques (Louisville, KY)

Nula Antique Handbags (New York, New York)

Robert Thomas (Milton, PA)

School Programs

Woodlawn welcomes school tours and the opportunity to educate students about the rich heritage of the Downeast Region.  As students tour the grounds and the 19th century house, and its original interiors, they can experience life in the 1800s while learning about the important role the Black family played in the development of Maine.

The staff is happy to work with teachers to make a tour of Woodlawn appropriate to the specific needs of students and to meet the requirements of the Maine Learning Results. All age groups are welcome. Tour lengths vary depending on the schedule of the students but generally, if possible, allow 30-45 minutes for the tour of the house and 30 minutes for a tour of the grounds.  Tours are offered from May-October Monday-Friday starting at 9 AM. Please allow two weeks notice of desired tour date.

We request a ratio of two adults per ten children. The price is $3 per student with no charge for teachers and teacher aides. Parents accompanying the tour receive a 50% admission reduction and coupons for repeat trips.  There is also ample space on the grounds for a picnic lunch. Call Woodlawn at 207/667-8671 to schedule your tour today or complete the School Tour Request Form and mail it to Woodlawn, PO Box 1478, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.

Click here for a school request form.


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