Walking Tour

Mary Vaughan and company crossing the Driving Bridge (below the dam) en route to the family’s Tea House atop the hill (c. 1909) in Vaughan Woods.

Vaughan Woods has been a frequent destination for both the Vaughan family and the community for generations. Its towering pines, stone bridges, and waterfalls provide a respite from the rush of everyday life. In 1991, a conservation easement was granted to the Kennebec Land Trust to protect the Woods from development, ensuring its continuance as a place of recreation and tranquility for the public. The fate of these woods, however, was not always so secure . . . the Historic Walking Tour takes you through the story of these woods from their use for agriculture, to their development for industry, and finally to their use for recreation and nature appreciation.  

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