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Garden Party: Saturday, June 25 from 5-8 p.m.

Prepare to Be Fascinated! 

See history come to life in a self-guided tour of our 200 year-old grounds, enjoy refreshments and relax while enjoying a stunning view of the Kennebec River from the Homestead porch. See plein air artists at work in the gardens and around the house, participate in the silent wet paint auction and purchase raffle tickets to bid on unique handmade and local items.

Musical Performance: Ken Labrecque, classical guitar

Participating Artists: Chris Cart, Helene Farrar, Jen Paisley, & Ellen Gibson

Cash Bar Services: by The Quarry Tap Room

Ticket Reservations Are Closed (as of 6/25/16). Tickets will be available at the gate for $15/person on first-come first-served basis. Proceeds from this event will support free public programming and stewardship of Vaughan Woods.

Host Committee: Chris & Erica Asch, Gerry & Wendy Mahoney, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Carolyn Nolin, Anne Young, Sylvie Charon, Nona Thompson, Diane Maillet, Jeff Wainoris, & Karen Simpson.

This event is sponsored in part by:

May 7: Mystwood Adventure at Vaughan Homestead

LARPing at the Vaughan Homestead Saturday, May 7th

HDHS LARP 2015 (3)Hall-Dale High School’s Robotics Team is hosting a Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) event 10am to 2pm on Saturday, May 7th, at the Vaughan Homestead at 2 Litchfield Road in Hallowell, Maine. The event is a fundraiser for the school’s robotics team REM Delta Prime Robotics. There will be a scripted adventure set in the realm of Mystwood for players aged 14 and up, as well as a mini- adventure and activities suitable for families with children in elementary and middle school. Concessions will be available on the premises. Parking location will be dependent on weather conditions the week before the event. A short walk may be necessary if the field used for parking at the Vaughan Homestead is not useable. Please visit REM Delta Prime Robotics current events page online for instructions closer to the date of the event:

What is LARPing?

Larping is an awesome, slightly nerdy sport that’s been around since the 1970s. Typically, larpers dress in costumes and wield homemade padded weapons, known as “boffers,” in simulated hand-to-hand combat with varying degrees of role-playing.

Mystwood Adventure Schedule (ages 14 and up only – Pre register at: )

10 AM Check in
10:30-11 – Anticipated Start
1 – Anticipated Conclusion.
12-2pm Concessions open for lunch

Children and Family Schedule

Activities ongoing from 10 AM to 2 PM

REM Delta Prime is a member of  FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Delta Prime needs to raise over $20,000 each year to enter and participate in the competitions, many of which are out of state.

For more information: William Fahy, Student PR coordinator for Delta Prime Robotics at, OR Karen Giles, Lead Mentor at

Maypole Dance: May 1

Pack up a picnic lunch, put on your dancing shoes and come on down to the Homestead between 10:30 and 12:30 to dance around the Maypole, listen to live music, picnic on the lawn with friends, and explore our historic gardens. No preregistration or fee. 


10:30 – 12:30
Lawn Games, Picnicking, Fiddle Music

Maypole Dance

Diana Vaughan Gibson Memorial Scholarship

The Diana Gibson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Hall-Dale students in grades 6-8 by Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, encourages and celebrates exploration of the arts, environmental stewardship, and global awareness through attendance at a summer learning program.

Applications for 2016 are due on April 15. Please see submission information in the application materials below:  

2016.DG Memorial Scholarship application

April 20: Backdoor Tour for Kids

IMG_4777From squirt guns to stuffies to secret hiding places . . . discover the Homestead through the eyes of children. This hands-on interactive tour was created in part by kids and is for kids and adults alike.

Starting at 10 a.m. tours will begin on the 1/2 hour and will last approximately 60 minutes. Reservations are required, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The number of people in your party will determine which time slots are available. The tour is most appropriate for ages 5-12. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds before or after your tour.

For reservations or questions call (207) 622-9831 or email

Parking and Directions