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
Vaughan Woods is a highly popular trail system, and at times parking can be a challenge. There are two trailheads available, one in Hallowell, and one in Farmingdale. The Hallowell Trailhead is often full. Roadside parking is not allowed, and police will take notice. We encourage use of the Farmingdale
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 of Hallowell, Maine 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 Trailhead (located at google maps address 2.5 Litchfield Rd.: this address may not work on all map apps.) Continue on 2nd Street, bearing right as it becomes Litchfield Road. Pass the Homestead gates at 2 Litchfield Rd. on your left and proceed uphill to the corner of Litchfield
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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
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