Ellsworth is a historic coastal town, 25 miles from Bangor. Ellsworth has a picturesque, historic downtown area. Known as the gateway to the Downeast, Ellsworth is popular among tourists and it is along the route to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. There are several historic places in Ellsworth, including the Black Mansion and The Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary (Birdsacre).
The Black Mansion, also known as Woodlawn Museum, was built in 1828 and is preserved in historical detail with period furniture. Historically accurate costumed guides are there to explain the history and furnishings of the main mansion and its outbuildings from May 15 through October 31. You can visit the grounds throughout the year.
Take a walk in Birsdacre, a memorable and unique natural museum featuring a picturesque landscape filled with fields of wildflowers, wooded glens, small ponds, and birds. There are over 200-acres of protected wilderness in Birdsacre. You will find picnic areas, grills, benches, and more that make it the best place to spend an afternoon.
Head over to The Grand, a former 1930s cinema that features a neon, art-deco marquee and presents theater, film events, and music.
Ellsworth hosts America’s longest running summer antique show every August during the Ellsworth Antiques Show at the Woodlawn Museum. Antique dealers present an array of quality antiques and art of all sorts. Food and beverages are also available at the event.