November/December Newsletter

Read the November/December Newsletter or take a look at Back issues.

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Bridge Closing

Uncle Sam’s Bridge was built in 1900 by 13-year Samuel Vaughan and his father William Warren Vaughan. Having withstood countless floods and thousand of visitors in over a century of use, the bridge was deemed unsafe by engineers this October. Upon this news, the Homestead posted the bridge as CLOSED

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Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

Over 30 people braved the cold temperatures and impending blizzard on Valentine’s Day to play outside with us!  There was a snow shoeing adventure with Maine Master Naturalists Karen, Sue and Judy in the morning, and the sled hill was all packed down for an afternoon sledding party. Many thanks

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Stewardship

Public access to the historic trails within Vaughan Woods nature preserve is made possible by the stewardship efforts of community volunteers, local students, Scout groups, and the Maine Conservation Corp. These many hands keep alive the tradition begun by William Warren Vaughan, who spent a lifetime building and maintaing the trails.

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Education

School visits, interpretive walks, lectures, and workshops occur throughout the year in the Vaughan Woods and at the Homestead.

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Community

Annual community events like the Spring Maypole Dance, Fall Harvest Celebration, Winter Sledding Contest and Summer Old Hallowell Day Festivities welcome the public to become part of the story of the Vaughan Homestead.

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Hall-Dale Sixth Grade Visits For The 27th Year!

In 1987 Diana Vaughan Gibson invited Hallowell school children to the Homestead, her private residence, to learn about local history. The visit began a tradition that continues today. Hall-Dale sixth grade’s field trip on October 15, 2014 marked the 27th year of the “History & Stewardship Day” at the Homestead.

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Fall Foliage peaks in the Woods

Early October is the very best time to catch peak fall foliage in the Vaughan Woods. Don’t forget that on busy weekends and holidays, ample parking is available at the Farmingdale trailhead behind Hall-Dale High School on Maple Street. Trailhead Map & Woods Guidelines

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