Ask anyone who grew up in the Hallowell/Augusta area and they will likely have a story to tell about playing in “Hobbitland.” A reference to J.R.R.Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” this local nickname for Vaughan Woods likely stems from the Woods’ resemblance to the “Shire,” the homeland of Tolkien’s imaginary race of small human-like creatures called Hobbits.
Despite the local nickname, though, you will not find Hobbit houses here. Vaughan Woods is a rustic nature preserve and system of historic walking trails. Temporary stick structures built by visitors will be removed to maintain the wild and natural feel of the preserve.
The organization that owns and manages the Woods, the non-profit Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, respectfully requests that the official name of the preserve, Vaughan Woods, be used in published or online materials, as the local nickname presents a confusing impression for first-time or potential visitors to this special natural area.
We hope you will enjoy your visit, and that your imagination will be inspired!
Please contact us at (207) 622-9831 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.