Category Archives: Upcoming Public Programs

Promoting an Appreciation for Nature, History and the Arts

August 19: Annual Rural Socrates Speaker Series Presents: 262 Years Uncovered: The Conservation of a 1754 Portrait


Please join us in welcoming back the newly conserved Vaughan Family Portrait in an informal evening of talks and refreshments in the garden pavilion followed by an open house on Saturday, August 19; 4-7 pm..

  • Special Guest Speaker: Matthew Hargraves, Chief Curator of Art Collections at the Yale Center for British Art.
  • Meet the Conservators – learn what they discovered!
  • Tour the Homestead’s Eclectic Art Collection
  • Enjoy Food & Drink
  • View The 1754 Vaughan Family Portrait


RESERVE ONLINE or call (207) 622-9831

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council &
event sponsorship from the Kennebec Savings Bank.

July 29, 2017: Vaughan Woods History Walk FULL

This program is FULL. If you are interested in having us schedule this walk again, please contact us at

Ancient Roman architecture, the King of France, buried treasure, a wizard, a ghost, a lost tunnel, the fight for the Great Falls  . . . hear local legends, family lore, and the actual true story of Vaughan Woods on this 2-hour walking tour. Also, learn about the history of the stone bridges and the ongoing restoration project. 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Group size is limited. Sign-up is required. No Fee. 

The program will begin at Vaughan Homestead promptly at 10 a.m.. Participants may arrive a few minutes early and meet under the Garden Pavilion. Parking is available at the Homestead at 2 Litchfield Road. Please be prepared to be walking for up to 2-hours. The terrain is easy to moderate and the pace will be slow.

TO SIGN UP: email or call (207) 622-9831. 

Tuesday Tours: July – August

2017 Dates: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Fee: $10/person
Group Size: maximum of 10. 
Reservations Required: Call (207) 622-9831 or email 
Information: The house tour will take approximately 1-1.5 hours. Following the tour, visitors may take a self-guided tour around the grounds and through the historic Colonial Revival Garden. Visitors may also choose to time their trip such that they also visit the historic walking trails of the Vaughan Woods nature preserve, immediately adjacent to the house. 

Garden Party: Saturday, June 24 from 5-8 p.m.

Come Celebrate with Us!

We’re throwing a party to celebrate our new Garden Pavilion and the first phase of restoration to the 1930 High Arch Bridge! Kick up your heels to some old-time dance music, peruse historical exhibits or sit back and enjoy the early summer splendor of the garden. Bid on unique handmade and local items in our raffle auction and partake in delicious food and drink in the company of your friends and neighbors. 

















Tickets will be available at the gate for $20/person as long as parking is available.
(children 12 and under are free)  Reservations closed at 10 p.m. on Friday night. 

For questions call (207) 622-9831 between 8:30 and 4:00 p.m. 

Host Committee: Chris & Erica Asch, George Gibson & Linda Johns, Gail Wippelhauser & Bob McIntire, Gerry & Wendy Mahoney, Carolyn Nolin, Roger & Carol Pomerleau, and Maureen Druin & Matt Scease

Proceeds will support free public programming and the multi-phase Vaughan Bridges Restoration Project.

This event is sponsored in part by:

5/7/17: Neighborhood Event – Maypole Dance & Spring Celebration

Calling all Hallowell and Farmingdale area friends who are ready for spring!! Pack up a picnic lunch, put on your favorite spring duds, collect your friends and neighbors and come on down to Vaughan Homestead between 10:30 to 12:30 on Sunday, May 7 for a good ol’fashioned community Maypole dance! Make a May crown, learn the Maypole dance, play lawn games, listen to live music, and enjoy picnicking on the lawn overlooking the Kennebec River.

No Fee or Registration Required

Parking will be available at the Homestead

This event is sponsored in part by: 

11/5/16: Public Art Tour

1-Hour Tours Beginning at 1:00, 1:30, 2:15, 2:45 & 3:30 | $15/person

The tour will weave throughout the house, showcasing a seven generation collection of historical prints and portraits as well as modern art and sculpture. Also on view will be 19th – 20th century original works by women of the Vaughan family. A special look will also be taken at the 1754 “Vaughan Conversation Piece,” which is slated for conservation work in 2017. The collection spans over 200 years and offers a unique lens on American history.

Email or call (207) 622-9831.


11/16/16: Conservators’ Talk & Art Tour

This program is FULL. We are no longer accepting reservations. 

The Vaughan Conversation Piece: Conserving a 1754 Portrait, Part 1

6:00 – 8:00 pm| $20/person

6:00 pm: Art Tour & Refreshments
Preceding the talk, guests are invited to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks and mingle with docents in an informal tour of the Homestead’s eclectic art collection.

7:00 pm: Conservators’ Talk
Professional painting conservator Nina Roth-Wells and frame conservator Johanna Moore will join curators Ron Kley and Jane Radcliffe in a discussion of the 1754 “Vaughan Conversation Piece,” a well-preserved example of 18th century portraiture not usually found in the U.S.. The talk will focus on the history, theory, ethics and practice of art conservation and frame making as related to this special piece. Part two of the talk will take place in 2017 following Roth-Wells’ and Moore’s conservation work.