The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations Welcome New President and Trustees to Woodlawn

Ellsworth: The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees), governing board of Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park, held its annual meeting and dinner on January 25, 2020 at the Black House in Ellsworth. 

The Trustees named a new president and welcomed two new members to the board. Jon Marshall of Patten, ME was named president while Rosamond “Roz” Rea of Ellsworth, ME and Paul Tracy of Gouldsboro, ME were seated as Woodlawn’s newest trustees.

Jon has been a trustee for 12 years and was with the Ellsworth Fire Department for 40 years, serving as Chief from 2006 until his retirement in 2011. His leadership skills and knowledge of Woodlawn will be of great benefit as the trustees move forward with new initiatives.

Roz, a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, worked at Woodlawn Museum as the manager of collections from 2000-2011. The topic of her graduate school thesis was George Nixon Black, Sr. She served on the Board of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society (MDIHS) and has created and installed exhibitions for MDIHS. Most recently Roz served as project manager for the Friends of the Islesford Historical Museum overseeing the creation and installation of exhibitions in Acadia National Park’s museum on Little Cranberry Island. 

Paul is the owner of The Winter Harbor Agency in Gouldsboro as well as part owner of several other insurance agencies.  He is active on the Maine Coast Hospital Foundation /Community Council, the Eleanor Widener Dixon Clinic Committee, and the Schoodic Community Fund Board.  

Roz and Paul’s combined experience and connection to Woodlawn is an incredible asset.

This year marked the 119th annual meeting of the Trustees. The Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations was formed in 1901 by concerned citizens 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. To learn more visit hctpr.org