House & Gardens

Built in 1794 and home to seven generations of one family, today Vaughan Homestead looks much as it did a century ago. It is pictured here in a photograph by well-known artist Wallace Nutting, c. 1910. Unique among house museums, the Homestead represents over 200 years of changing times and family life and is still a living dynamic dwelling.

The Colonial Revival gardens were established at the turn of the 20th century. The Summer and Sun House gazebos were designed to look like those at George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon – a garden that the Vaughan family has long ties to. The Homestead garden was designed by Ellen Twisleton Vaughan, and she and her husband William loving tended to it for over 40 years. 

Tours of the house and grounds are offered throughout the summer.