George Nixon Black Jr. Day
Tuesday, July 11th is George Nixon Black Jr.'s 175th birthday! If you live, love, work or visit Ellsworth, Maine, chances are you have benefited from Black's actions! The City of Ellsworth on June 19th, 2017 declared July 11th, 2017 George Nixon Black Jr. Day.
According to the Ellsworth American, in 1897 Black, gave the Tisdale House, which was built 200 years ago in 1817, to the City of Ellsworth with the condition that it would "always be used for a public library."
And upon his death in 1929, Black willed the Woodlawn Estate to the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations. That group has maintained the property for public use since 1929.
Events on Tuesday, July 11th include
10AM -Cake Cutting Ceremony at Ellsworth City Hall
10AM - 5PM - Visitors to Woodlawn will be treated to a Black House cookie made by Flexit Cafe and Bakery using a historic recipe created by Woodlawn's last live-in caretaker, Mrs. Irma Eliason. There will be tours all day
10AM - 5PM - The Ellsworth Public Library will be offering lemondade, free Woodlawn passes for library patrons who check out a book, a drop-in-kid's craft and also celebrating the Tisdale House's 200th Birthdday
The Ellsworth American will be drawing for a free lifetime subscription to the American. Stop in to the Ellsworth American's offices to enter for the subscription and other Wooldlawn inspired prizes.