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Upcoming Events:

  • Christmas At Woodlawn - Holiday House Tours & Gift Shop Open
    December 01, 2015

    Open everyday from December 1-23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tour Woodlawn and see splendid decorations while hearing a special audio tour presentation on...

  • Holiday Train Display
    December 05, 2015

    Christmas at Woodlawn is pleased to include a working train display
    by Eastern Maine Model Railroad Club in the Sleigh Barn this year. Railroad ...

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Woodlawn Guest Attendant

Woodlawn, a 180- acre historic estate in Ellsworth, seeks a seasonal Guest Attendant.  The job is available part-time in May and October and full-time June-September.  Applicants must demonstrate strong verbal and people skills.  Prior retail experience highly desired.  Also, applicants must like meeting new people.  Responsibilities include collecting admissions, gift shop sales, daily cleaning of the house, restocking merchandise, helping with afternoon teas and special events, and assisting the museum staff with other projects that arise.  Training for position will be provided.  This is an entry level position, great for a person interested in the museum field or for a recently retired individual looking for extra income. Send resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Woodlawn, P.O. Box 1478, Ellsworth, ME 04605, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . AA/EOE. Please no phone calls. Click here for a complete job description.

Vision, Mission & Values

The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations envisions Hancock County as a unique and special place endowed with a vibrant quality of living, a strong sense of community pride, and an on-going and compelling story to tell.

Under the governance of the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, Woodlawn offers the people of Hancock County and beyond opportunities for recreation and education on a preserved historic estate, and provides connections to the region’s cultural heritage through programs that entertain and arouse curiosity.

We value the lessons of our region’s history and seek to make them relevant to today’s world.

We value the strong sense of place Woodlawn evokes, and in order to perpetuate that strong feeling of appreciation we are committed to preserving the special character of the property and its holdings.

We value the primacy of our guest’s experience and encourage them to find their own sense of satisfaction and enjoyment.

We value Woodlawn’s optimistic, forward-looking, “can do” culture that enables us to pursue sustainable, relevant and entrepreneurial efforts that will serve diverse audiences for many years.

We value our community relationships, and we continually strive to strengthen and develop them through enhanced programming, community leadership, cooperation and collaboration.

We value the fellowship, respect and sense of purpose we experience from our affiliation with Woodlawn and the Hancock Country Trustees of Public Reservations.

We value prudence and consensus in our policymaking, relying heavily on doing our homework and engaging each other in respectful discussion and deliberation.

Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Enhance the public perception that Woodlawn is a resource to the whole community, and create opportunities for individuals and groups to participate in the Woodlawn experience as visitors and volunteers.

Goal 2: Expand Woodlawn’s programs and services in order to serve a growing and diverse audience base of new and repeat visitors to the Woodlawn estate.

Goal 3: Facilitate the work of the organization by ensuring it is well-run, has resources to meet its expanding needs, cares about its people, and is considered a worthwhile and enjoyable affiliation.

Goal 4: Preserve and protect Woodlawn’s resources (collections, buildings, grounds) and enhance them, as appropriate, to attract and appeal to current and new audiences.

Goal 5: Tell the stories of Woodlawn and the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations in a way that engages a range of audiences and reveals their important contributions to the history and culture of Hancock County and eastern Maine.

Goal 6: Using the historic legacy of the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations as a base, define an appropriate role for the Trustees in today’s world.


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In 1901 concerned citizens formed the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations, Woodlawn's governing board, in response to extensive lumbering and the increase in private land ownership in Hancock County. They were very successful in preserving thousands of acres on Mount Desert Island, and then donated their holdings to the Federal government 1916 which formed the core of Acadia National Park. In 1929 they accepted Woodlawn from the bequest of George Nixon Black, Jr. and have continued to maintain and govern it for public use ever since.

2015 Officers and Trustees

Terry Carlisle, President ~ Jon Marshall, Vice-President ~ Sandra Blake Leonard, Treasurer ~ Elsa Teel, Secretary ~ Frederick Ehrlenbach ~ Lisa Heyward ~ Pihillip Johnston ~ Todd Little-Siebold ~  ~ Mark Politte ~ Nancy Putnam ~ Dick Schloss ~ Wilmont M. Schwind, Jr. ~ Walter Smalling

Trustee Emeriti

Karen Dickes ~ Gregg Hannah~ Natalie Knox ~ John Lynch, Past President ~ Jane Shea ~ Stephen C. Shea, President Emeritus ~Teresa Sargent Smith ~ Lowell S. Thomas, Jr., Past President ~ Laurie B. Williams ~ Dale Worthen ~ Ruth Brenninkmeyer


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Stephen Sullivan, Caretaker
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Contact Us

Physical/Shipping Address
19 Black House Drive
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

Mailing Address
PO Box 1478
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

Phone Number: 207/667-8671
Fax Number: 207/667-7950


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