ELLSWORTH – The Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth, also known as The Black House, was the home of three generations of the John Black family.
Today, with original furnishings and archives, the house is a museum open to the public.
It now has completed the first phase of an $8 million renovation project. With the first phase complete, Executive Director Joshua Torrance said they are excited to start the next stage of the Woodlawn renovation.
“We’re very excited to be able to do a project that’s really important to our community,” Torrance said. “Not only is it going to expand our educational opportunities but the project has a significant economic impact as well.”
The next phase will be to build a multipurpose facility based off the footprint of the original carriage barn. The barn has been on the property for the past 80 years. Torrance said they plan to use as much of the original material as possible to bring it back to its original size and appearance.
This new building will allow for growth of the Woodlawn school programs.
“We needed both better space to be able to do that,” Torrance said. “Also we wanted to be able to do our educational programming year round.”
Torrance also said there are three generations worth of artifacts, antiques, and art that not everyone is able to see. With this new space, Woodlawn can display more that it has to offer.
To finish their fundraising, Torrance said they need $1.5 million and they are accepting donations toward their campaign for Woodlawn.
“We’re excited to be able to do this project that’s going to help us sustain Woodlawn and keep it open for public use for the next 100 plus years,” Torrance said.