Ellsworth – The wait has been long but the staff and Trustees are thrilled to announce that construction of the new Woodlawn Barn will begin in June. Contractor Rob Shea of E.L. Shea anticipates the structure will be enclosed by year-end and tentatively open in late summer 2023.
Board President Todd Little-Siebold said, “It was so thrilling to sign the contract. This will transform Woodlawn and I couldn’t be more excited; so many people have helped us get to this point and we are grateful for that support. I believe the community will be impressed with what we build and we look forward to sharing it with you all soon.”
The idea of a multi-purpose welcome center grew out of Board discussions years before the carriage barn was declared unsafe and closed to the public. Plans have evolved as the fundraising campaign launched and was then paused by the pandemic. The Board took that time to re-imagine the program and educational outreach goals, as well as the archival needs so that, along with a community event space, Woodlawn will be self-sustaining over time.
The construction year will be challenging for Woodlawn but we do intend to open the Museum and the trails will be open, although the trailhead will be moving. Programs and events will also be scheduled and promoted. When you come to Woodlawn, please watch for and follow the temporary redirection signs for visitor access and parking options. Thank you in advance for your patience. Woodlawn deeply appreciates the continued support of the Ellsworth and Downeast community. Watch our social media for updates.