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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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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Fall Celebration Fun for All

A fun day was had by all at our annual Fall Celebration. Over 80 people came out to picnic, bake donuts over the fire, listen to live fiddle music, sing-along with children’s song-writer Ann Nixon, and churn (and taste!) hand-cranked pumpkin ice-cream. We can hardly wait for our next seasonal

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The Search for Benjamin’s Garden: A History Mystery

To enter the main garden at the Vaughan Homestead one must first stand with the 1794 house to one’s back, Benjamin Vaughan’s 200 year old Black Oxford apple tree to the left, and the 100 year old “sun house” gazebo to the right. Standing like this, one is faced with

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“Founding Gardeners” Talk by Andrea Wulf: October 4, 2014

Thank you to the 60 folks who came out for this talk! Founding Gardeners. The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation This beautifully illustrated talk looks at the lives of the founding fathers and how their attitude to plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the American nation. George Washington,

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Special Visitors Have Arrived!

July 13, 2014: Citizen scientists spot monarch caterpillars in the milkweed patches in Heifer Field just beyond the dam in the Vaughan Woods. While only a few have been seem so far, this was a thrilling discovery. Learn more about how our volunteers are monitoring for this at-risk species: Signs

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