Annual Fall Gathering: Sunday, October 23, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | No reservations required

Attention Homestead neighbors and Hallowell-area friends! Please join us for our fourth annual Fall Gathering! Pack up a picnic lunch, put on your favorite fall sweater and come on down to the Homestead. Make donuts over an open fire, play lawn games, listen to live music and celebrate fall with us!

*This event was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 22, but was moved to Sunday the 23rd due to predicted rain on Saturday.

Email or call (207) 622-9831.

Public Art Tour: November 5, 2016

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.

FULL: Conservators’ Talk & Art Tour: Wednesday, November 16

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. 

Community Woods Work Day & Barbecue

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Calling all willing workers! Please join us for a morning of trail work in Vaughan Woods followed by a barbecue at the Homestead. We will have jobs for adults and for families with children. We are also looking for some folks to help prepare the barbecue, so if trail work isn’t your thing, then we still have work for you!

Sign-up in advance is required so that work crews and the barbecue may be planned.

Email or call (207) 622-9831 to sign up.



Neighborhood Event: Family Movie on the Lawn

IMG_5434Saturday, September 10:
Hallowell area friends and neighbors are invited to join us for our third annual Family Movie on the Lawn. This year we will be showing the 1993 version of “The Secret Garden.” With its sweeping lawn and secret garden of its own, Vaughan Homestead is the perfect place to enjoy this classic family flick!

Watch the movie trailer on youtube.

7:30 – 9:00 p.m., gates open at 7:15.

Parking: Park just inside the Homestead gates (follow the signs) at 2 Litchfield Road. Handicapped accessible parking is available near the house. All parking is on first-come first-served basis.

What to bring: Something to sit on (beach blanket or folding chairs), blankets to keep warm, flashlights (the grounds are pretty dark), bug spray and snacks!

No fee or pre-registration, donations welcome

For more information/questions: Call 622-9831 or email

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: