Vaughan Woods is a popular trail system in the heart of historic Hallowell. Designed for recreation and nature appreciation by the Vaughans in the early 1900s, classic stone bridges, picturesque waterfalls, and a wild meadow make these some of the most unique walking trails in Maine. Hundreds of visitors come to
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
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead is a non-profit nature preserve and non-traditional house museum that seeks to connect people to place through nature, history and the arts.
VAUGHAN WOODS PARKING Trailhead parking for Vaughan Woods is available in both Hallowell and Farmingdale. Hallowell Trailhead In Hallowell, find limited parking at the corner of Litchfield Road and Middle Street – this trailhead is listed as 2.5 Litchfield Road on Google Maps. If you see the brick pillars of Vaughan
Visit historichallowell.org to see curator Ron Kley discuss Vaughan Homestead’s connection to the Maine State Seal and historian Earle Shettleworth talk about Hallowell’s bid to be Maine’s capital City!
State Seal Contest Website
Remembering the Designer of the Maine Sate Seal
In late March, VWHH made the difficult decision to close Vaughan Woods due to crowding at the Hallowell Trailhead and on the Corniche Trail, which had caused both a pedestrian safety issue on Litchfield Road and a public health concern due to COVID-19. This followed the closing of other popular
When William Warren Vaughan dreamed of restoring the woods adjacent to his family’s 1794 historic home after they had been ravaged by industry, he envisioned a magical and wild place to be enjoyed by future generations. Thus, between 1890 and 1930 he and his brother Benjamin worked tirelessly to purchase