The Greenlaw Family Association Reunion

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Commemorates the 260th Anniversary of the Greenlaw Family’s arrival in North America 1753-2013

To celebrate our common heritage, join us for this exciting event in
Deer Isle, Maine
September 6-8, 2013

Now, later this year, on September 6-8, 2013 in Deer Isle, Maine, the Greenlaw Family Reunion will bring Greenlaw “cousins” back to the place where many of our ancestors settled, where they lived and worked for over twenty years. In this island environment, we will learn and understand more about our ancestors as real people, rather than people with unfamiliar names who reside in our genealogical files.We will explore our heritage and celebrate our Scottish roots. We will renew old friendships and establish new ones, adding “twigs” and“branches” to our family tree.

We will share genealogy, learn Greenlaw history, dine on lobster and clams, meet ”cousins” from near and far, appreciate the beauty of the Island, listen to Scottish music and song, pay respects at an ancestor’s grave, show gratitude!

Deadline for Banquet Registration is August 30, 2013

Download Registration Form & Activities Schedule

Schedule Of Events

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

Opening Ceremony | 12:00 pm Noon
A brief ceremony will take place at the Masonic Lodge on Sunset Road in Deer Isle, which will include raising the Greenlaw tartan flag to designate the building as Greenlaw “headquarters” for the weekend and to mark the beginning of the Reunion.

Registration | 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
During the registration process on Friday afternoon, there will be interesting exhibits, materials, books and genealogical albums to investigate and review. Tables and chairs arranged in small groups will encourage opportunities for discussion and information sharing. Copiers will be available for exchanging genealogical material with Greenlaw “cousins.”

Workshop | 2:30 pm
“Greenlaw Houses Still Standing on the Island” will be presented by Dr. William Haviland, professor emeritus at the University of Vermont, who conducted the primary research. A map showing the location of these houses will be available for self-tours during the weekend. Each of the houses can be viewed from the road.

Celebratory Dinner | 5:30 pm

  • 5:30 pm | Social Hour (cash bar)
  • 6:30 pm | Dinner will be held at Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant in Stonington overlooking the harbor. Entertainment: Scottish songs and music by the renowned duo, “Castlebay.” 

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013

Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society | 9:00 am-11:30 am
An Open House for the Greenlaw Family Association will be held on the campus of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society on Sunset Road from 9:00-11:30 a.m. All buildings will be open and fully staffed by knowledgeable volunteers.These incude the Archives, the fully furnished 1830 Sellers House, the Maritime Exhibit Hall, the post and beam barn featuring displays using original materials and artifacts, and the old Sunset post office/gift shop where books, photos and copies of early maps can be purchased.

Breakfast treats and coffee will be available for guests in the barn of the Island Heritage Trust, next door to the Historical Society.

Lunch | 12:00 pm Noon
A catered picnic lunch will be served at “headquarters.” The cost for lunch, beverage and dessert is included in the registration fee.

Workshop | 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
“The Early Years of the Greenlaw Family” is a multi-media workshop presented by James F. Greenlaw, a longtime Greenlaw genealogist and historian, based on his research and original documentation in the United States, Canada and Scotland.

Workshop |3:00 pm-4:00 pm
“The Penobscot Expedition and the Castine Loyalists” will be the focus of a workshop presented by Paige Lilly, curator of the Castine Historical Society.

Downeast Lobster Dinner | 5:30 pm

  • 5:30 pm | Social Hour (cash bar)
  • 6:30 pm | Dinner A traditional Downeast lobster dinner will be held at Goose Cove Resort in Deer Isle. Entertainment: Scottish music and songs will highlight the evening.

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

Optional Activities

  • Attend a church service. Schedules are available in the local newspaper, “Island Advantages.”
  • Take a self-guided Greenlaw house tour or visit a cemetery of your choice to take a photo of an ancestor’s grave. Maps are available.
  • Go on a boat ride. Check schedules in the “Island Guide-2013.” Requires advance planning.
  • Shop in Stonington; stores open at 9:00 a.m.
  • “Headquarters” will be open from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Service of Remembrance | 12:00 pm Noon
A Service of Remembrance to honor our Greenlaw ancestors and the memory of loved family members will be held at Mount Adams Cemetery on Kings Row in Deer Isle where many Greenlaws are buried. The poignant Scottish tune “Flowers of the Forrest” will be played on the pipes at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Download Registration Form & Activities Schedule


The accommodations listed below offer a variety of choices in Deer Isle and Stonington, from campgrounds to historic inns. This list is, by no means, complete; additional accommodations may be found on the website for the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce at and on websites for towns close by such as Blue Hill. Two well-known inns located in Blue Hill are listed below. Although Greenlaw Reunion weekend is several months away, it is not too early to make your reservation. Deer Isle is a beautiful vacation destination, but it is in an area where options for lodging are limited.

Accommodation Listings
Hotels - MotelsB & B - InnsCampgrounds - Hostels
Boyce’s Motel
P.O. Box 94
44 Main St,
Stonington ME  04681
Burgess Bed and Bath
Burnt Cove Road,
Stonington ME  04681

Inn on the Harbor
45 Main St,
Stonington, ME  04681
Barncastle Hotel & Restaurant
125 South St,
Blue Hill, ME  04614
Penny’s B & B
North Main St,
Stonington, ME  04681

Greenlaw’s RV, Tenting
Airport Rd,
Stonington, ME  04681

The Goose Cove Resort
Goose Cove Rd,
Deer Isle, ME  04627
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Pilgrim’s Inn
20 Main St,
Deer Isle, ME  04627
Deer Isle Hostel
65 Tennis Road
Deer Isle, ME  04627

Pres du Port
P.O. Box 319
91 W. Main St,
Stonington, ME  04681
1-941-408-9685 (winter)
Two Lions Bed & Bath
731 N. Deer Isle Rd,
Deer Isle, ME  04627
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Old Quarry Ocean Adventures Oceanfront Campground
130 Settlement Rd,
Stonington, ME  04681
 Blue Hill Inn Bed & Breakfast
40 Union St,
Blue Hill, ME 04614
The Inn at Ferry Landing
77 Old Ferry Rd,
Deer Isle, ME  04627

Red House Bed & Bath
43 Little Deer Isle
Little Deer Isle, ME  04650
Holden Homestead Bed & Breakfast
P.O. Box 221, Route 15,
Deer Isle, ME 04627
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The Greenlaw Family Association was founded in 2004 as a result of ongoing interest evolving out of the bi-sesquicentennial celebrations held in Brunswick, Maine, in August of 2003, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Greenlaw and their children in America in 1753 after having left their native Scotland.

The Greenlaw Family Association is a non-profit, all-volunteer association dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Greenlaw Family heritage.

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