Woodlawn Trustees

“It has been a hobby or a concern with me, for more than twenty-six years, to endeavor to get park land for the advantage of the people of Wilmington and its vicinity.”
- William Poole Bancroft (1909)

“Everything that we have has been given to us to use unselfishly as stewards.”
- William Poole Bancroft (1916)

“…I had a pleasant and interesting walk. I went to Granogue by train, walked across the bridge and came down the creek, going back over the hills. I was as much impressed as ever with the beauties of the country there.”
- William Poole Bancroft (1910)

“For many years I have been saying I wished someone would gather up the rough land along the Brandywine above Rockland and hold it for the future Wilmington and I concluded that perhaps I ought to do something toward what I had been wishing others would do.”
- William Poole Bancroft (1909)

“Things that I have much at heart in connection with the parks will not be completed during my life. I hope that Woodlawn Trustees will be wisely free in helping the public in regard to some of these things.”
- William Poole Bancroft (1919)

The Woodlawn Story

In 1901 William Bancroft established Woodlawn Company, known today as Woodlawn Trustees, Inc. Woodlawn is a not-for-profit (but tax-paying) real estate company managed by a board of directors that channels earnings back into the company. Carefully planned development generates the funds to further Woodlawn activities which include preservation of open space and affordable rental housing to persons of modest means.

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The Flats Redevelopment

Woodlawn Trustees, in collaboration with the Todmorden Foundation, is proud to announce a $100 million plan to redevelop the Flats neighborhood on the West side of Wilmington.

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Our Mission & Purpose

Woodlawn In The News

400th National Park

National Geographic recently published an article about the United States' 400th Unit of the National Park Service, which includes 1100 acres of countryside that was donated by the Woodlawn Trustees.

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