VHF Newsletter 
November 2013

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Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead

When shrieked the bleak November winds, and smote the woods, and the brown fields were herbless, and the shades that met above the merry rivulet were spoiled, I sought, I loved them still; they seemed like old companions in adversity.
- William Cullen Bryant, A Winter Piece
A Natural History Mystery

What Do WWII Parachutes, Aphids, and Casseroles Have in Common? 

Found growing in large quantities in Heifer Field, this plant was the topic of much discussion at the Homestead's first meeting of volunteer naturalists back in September. Significant both ecologically and historically, it has many uses for humans and wildlife alike. Its dried seed pods may be found on the plant's stalks as late as early December. See if you can find it in the field, and check back next month to learn its name and history, the reason the Homestead does not plow it with the rest of Heifer Field, and why we'll be watching it closely in 2014.  

For the answer to October's History Mystery, "One of These Things Is Not like the Others," see the right hand column.
Join Us in the Shop This Winter

December Art Workshop
What could be better than spending the day in our warm, beautiful post-and-beam workshop learning a new craft with friends and neighbors? Join local artist and teacher, Jen Paisley, on December 7 to make beautiful copper jewelry, magnets, and other trinkets - memorable handmade gifts for the holidays or lovely additions to your own collection.
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A Busy Fall

It has been a joyful and busy fall here at the Homestead. In September and October, upwards of 450 people participated in public programs, community events, and group experiences through the Vaughan Homestead. Thank-you to both the volunteers and the participants who came out!
View a list of Fall 2013 Programs

Read Past Newsletters

Previous issues of this monthly newsletter are available on our website.  
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Many Thanks to Cub Scout
Pack 647

Undaunted by the chill November wind, this fearless crew of first through fifth graders and countless parents spent November 9 prepping the Homestead grounds for the winter and picking up trash along the trail and at the Litchfield Road parking area. They were enthusiastic and hard workers who certainly earned their Vaughan Homestead Volunteer patches! This marked the Cub Scouts' 3rd year of giving their time in a fall service day.  

History Projects
After a well-earned summer away, volunteers Karen Simpson and Anne Young recently picked up where they left off on the Homestead's Diary Transcription Project, meticulously transcribing the handwritten diary of the Homestead's last private residents. (The diaries and journals of previous residents have already been transcribed and are key to understanding the story of the Homestead). This year, Karen and Anne also recorded over 10 interviews for our Oral History Project, which preserves memories of Hallowell and the Vaughan Homestead. This project is ongoing, and we hope to add many more interviews in 2014.

If you are interested in joining these dedicated volunteers or would like to suggest a community member to be interviewed, then please let us know.
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Upcoming Programs & Events 

December 4 
Vaughan Collections "Holiday" Exhibit opens at the Hubbard Free Library

December 7
Copper Enameling Workshop
with artist Jen Paisley
Information & Registration

December 14 
Homestead Holiday Concert
Information & Ticket Sales

October History Mystery

One of These Things Is Not like the Others

Last month we asked you to guess the intended use of the stone arch running beneath your feet on the trail that forks toward Hall-Dale High School just beyond the Driving Bridge and dam. Unlike the stone arches under the Corniche Carriage Trail leading down to the Driving Bridge, this arch was not designed as a culvert for ephemeral streams. Instead, William Warren Vaughan, brother to the second Benjamin Vaughan, and co-owner of the Homestead, built this arch in the early 1900s as a cattle tunnel to let grazing cows pass from the fields next to Cascade Pond beneath his brother's fenced-in Carriage Road, to Heifer Field in the center of the Vaughan Woods. The last use of the cattle tunnel is unknown; however, Ted Vaughan of Elm Hill Dairy Farm does not recall it being used in his lifetime but does remember cows being taken down the road to graze in the field by the Homestead and into Heifer Field into the late 1950s.  

Download the printable  
Vaughan Woods Walking Tour Booklet and Map 
to learn more about these historic trails and bridges.

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