In 1901, forward-thinking citizens on Mount Desert Island formed the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations (Trustees) to acquire lands for free public use. Empowered by the Maine Legislature in 1903 to own lands of “scenic beauty, historical significance, scientific study or sanitary value,” the Trustees acquired nearly 5,000 acres. In 1916, they donated their holdings to the United States, forming the core of what became Acadia National Park. Today, the Trustees legacy extends beyond the confines of Acadia National Park to Woodlawn which they have made available for public use and enjoyment since 1929. Click here for more information on the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations. Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations is a 501(c)(3).


A vibrant historic estate for recreation and education.


Woodlawn nurtures curiosity and a sense of place by promoting Downeast Maine’s cultural heritage and offering diverse educational and recreational experiences.


  • Respect for the Founding Principles of the Woodlawn property and the goals for its use, growth and sustainability, with deliberate focus on:
    • Woodlawn’s culture that enables us to pursue sustainable, relevant and entrepreneurial efforts that serve our current and future
    • The lessons of our region’s history and its relevance to today’s
    • Responsible policymaking, relying on due diligence, expertise, and consensus of the Woodlawn Board of Trustees through thoughtful discussion and deliberation.


  • Respect for, and commitment to, the Hancock County Community at large, with deliberate focus on:
    • Woodlawn’s support and furtherance of the fellowship, respect and sense of purpose that visitors experience at Woodlawn and the strong sense of place that the property evokes.
    • Woodlawn’s community relationships, enhanced through programming, community leadership, cooperation and collaboration.
    • The importance of our guest’s experience by encouraging an individual sense of satisfaction and enjoyment.


  • Understanding and pursuit of Woodlawn’s responsibility to nurture interest in, and educate our visitors about, Hancock County’s history, with deliberate focus on:
    • Access to world class educational and archival resources for research and enrichment.
    • Our unique and diverse recreational opportunities provided through our land holdings.