VHF Newsletter 
October 2013

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Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon our hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit." - Robert Louis Stevenson
A History Mystery

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

Stone arches abound in the Vaughan Woods and not just as bridges over the Vaughan Stream. Many may be found running below the trails acting as culverts for snowmelt and heavy rains. One of these arches, however, was intended neither for people to cross over nor for water to pass beneath - no stream bed runs below it. Can you guess what it was built for? To find this odd arch, start from the Litchfield Road Trailhead, walk down toward the dam, continue over the driving bridge and then bear right toward the woods where the trail forks. You will find it below your feet shortly after bearing right. Check back next month for the story!

Hint: The Elm Hill Dairy Farm holds the answer.  

Program Highlight

Spoon Carving Workshop 
With Carver Ken Wise
In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to plan and design a wooden spoon, be instructed on basic to advanced carving techniques (depending on previous experience), and receive mentoring in carving 1 or more spoons. The hope is that each participant will take home at least one complete, or mostly complete, spoon. Tools will be provided. Woodworkers of all experience levels are welcome, and no prior experience is necessary.

Ken is a lifelong woodworker from the Brunswick, Maine area. He has spent many years perfecting his skills in carpentry, fine homebuilding and woodcarving. In his efforts to create useful and beautiful objects, he has made furniture, architectural details, remote site cabins, turned bowls and wooden spoons for craft fairs and galleries all around Maine. He loves carving wildlife art from local hardwoods, especially into animals such as birds, bears and fish. Inspired by patterns and colors in wood grain, Ken finds the lines and shapes of the wildlife in nature. 

More Details
Visit Ken's Website
Reserve Your Space Online
Contact our program coordinator:, 622-9831. 

Volunteer Recognition

Many thanks to the volunteers who came out in September and October for the naturalists planning meeting, Hall-Dale 6th Grade visit, Hall-Dale 7th Grade Day of Caring, and Maine Preservation's House Tour. We could not do our work without you! 

Word on the Woods 

A Sense of Wonder
Author and scientist Rachel Carson used the phrase “a sense of wonder” to describe the joyous thrill of discovery in the natural world. On an early September walk along the Carriage Trail, program coordinator Kate Tremblay was struck with that sense when she found an ancient apple tree hidden amongst the 70-foot-tall pines, with apples hanging from its highest branches a good 30 feet up. Wow! Has your sense of wonder been sparked in the Vaughan Woods recently? We want to know. Send us your nature sightings, photos, and stories to share in this column and on our Facebook page. Email your "sense of wonder" contributions to

Thank you to all the concerned folks who have expressed outrage about the most recent graffiti on the bridges and trees. The location of much of the graffiti poses a safety challenge for removal; however, we are working on it and hoping to have it removed in the near future. 

No Fall Work Day This Year
Traditionally, the Homestead has asked community volunteers to come out for a day of trail work each fall; however, this year it will not be necessary. Not only did the Hall-Dale 7th grader do most of our usual fall work on their community service day in September, but the Hallowell/Farmingdale Cub Scout Pack 647 will also be out for a day of service in November to put the finishing touches on!  You can still help out by picking up trash and reporting anything amiss.  Thank you! 

Keep the Water Moving
Woods steward Hank Tyler worked all summer to maintain and restore the waterbars, pictured below, that cross the trails all throughout the Woods. Water bars are put in place to give water a place to drain off of trails, thus controlling erosion and preventing pooling of water and muddy trails. Recently, many of the water bars have been displaced by unknown hands. If you notice this, then please share with folks the purpose of the bars and return them to their place. Remember, bicycles and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trails, and the bars should not inhibit walking or running. 


Enjoy a walk soon! 

Upcoming Programs

November 23:
Spoon Carving Workshop
with carver Ken Wise

December 7:
Copper Enameling Workshop
with artist Jen Paisley
Details to Come

December 14: 
Holiday Celebration
Details to Come

Vaughan Collections
at the Hubbard Free Library

Take a stroll down to the Hubbard Library in Hallowell and explore our new exhibit. Each month you will find new items, texts and photos from the Vaughan Collections. The exhibit opened in September, featuring a "Back to School" theme, and will be ongoing throughout the year. 

Thank you Hall-Dale 7th Graders! 

On September 23 we welcomed 75 + students, teachers and community volunteers for the "Day of Caring" community service project. They spread chips on the trails, picked apples, moved wood, scraped and painted the flagpole, weeded, and much more. The power of many hands is apparent in the picture above where 20 students work together to move an entire fallen tree off the trail!

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