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 each day, a testament to its popularity. Nicknamed “Hobbitland” by local residents, it is a place of stunning beauty and natural wonder.

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 still a living dynamic dwelling. Tours of the house and grounds are offered throughout the summer.

Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead programs sustain the traditional pursuits of the Vaughan family in a contemporary fashion through programs that promote an appreciation for history, nature and the arts. Customized programs for area schools, house and grounds tours and public programs, such as lectures, seasonal community events, interpretive walks and arts workshops are offered throughout the year.