The Grounds at Woodlawn

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.

The museum might be closed for the season but the grounds are open for winter activities.  Enjoy sledding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing with friends this season.


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.

Open year round, dawn to dusk

Dogs on leash welcome.
Please clean up & be respectful of those without dogs.

Please follow the CDC guidelines for safe distancing which means keeping yourself at least 6 feet away for others.

Woodlawn Trail Map
Woodlawn Trail Map
Click map to download printable version.

Carriage Barn Exhibit

Carriage Barn Exhibit

The Carriage Barn Exhibit is a self-guided exhibit that is open most days, M-F. There are explanations of the different carriages and stories about who used them.

Rosamond Rea and her husband Fred did an outstanding job putting it together over many countless hours.

Community Garden

Woodlawn Community Garden provides individual plots for local gardeners who have no space for a vegetable garden and wish to raise food for themselves and others. The plots are offered at no cost, but all gardeners agree to join in spring and fall work parties and to donate any vegetables beyond what they can use to feed the hungry. The garden is surrounded by deer fence and is connected to the parking lot by a wooden walkway.

The Community Garden receives support from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its Master Garden Volunteers who manage demonstration beds and also offer a yearly lecture series.

For more information on the garden or to apply for a plot, contact Don Parker, Community Garden Coordinator, or call the museum at 667-8671.

Formal Gardens

Woodlawn’s gardens are vibrant spaces full of color, balance, and sweet fragrances. A clipped lilac hedge encloses the 1903 formal garden that was designed in the Colonial Revival style. A cutting garden was added later to provide fresh flowers for Woodlawn’s afternoon teas.

Stone Walls

Woodlawn Stone Wall

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.

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.

Learn More about Croquet at Woodlawn
Croquet at Woodlawn