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Formal Garden

  • Created for George Nixon Black Jr. in 1903, the design of the formal garden followed Nixon’s interest in the Colonial Revival movement. 

  • The garden area was also home to peacocks and pheasants as seen in the historic photograph from the early 1900's. You can also see the old Elm trees that were in front of the house offering shade and the exterior of the house was allowed to support creeping vines.

  • We are currently working with a Master Gardener to bring this historic formal flower garden back to life.



Summer house

  • A summer house was built in 1880 and removed in 1939. Located at the end of the lilac hedge row, the structure was similar to those found in Acadia National Park around the same time. We hope to build a replica by the summer of 2025.

Tea Lawn

  • The tea lawn located behind the Ell has been used for small events and summer teas since the 1960’s.


  • To the south of the formal garden is what remains of an apple orchard. There are currently two heritage apple trees. These same trees can be seen in photographs from the 1890’s. Below the croquet parking lot you will see a small tree nursery behind fencing - this is a partnership with Fogtown Brewery to again establish heritage fruit trees at Woodlawn.

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