Vaughan Memorial Forest

This property, named in memory of Victor G. Vaughan, Jr., contains a mature forest of oak, maple, and white pine trees, and expanses of blueberry bushes where deer are frequently observed.

Vaughan, a longtime Attleboro resident and successful businessman, was active in many civic and charitable organizations, including the YMCA, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, the United Way, and the Attleboro Lions Club.  In his youth, Vaughan advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout, and he later became an adult volunteer in Scouting–serving in many capacities, including president of the Annawon Council.  As one of the first Scouts to benefit from Vaughan’s gift, Jonathan Cardosi earned his Eagle Scout award in part by completing the design and development of the property’s Green Dot Trail.

Jonathan’s brother Matthew later completed his Eagle project requirements by upgrading the Colman Reservation parking lot on the other side of Steere Street.

 

Location south side of Steere Street, across from the Colman Reservation
Size 52.3 acres
Donors 20.3 acres by Capital Development Corporation on December 22, 1997.
32 acres by Jean P. Vaughan on June 28, 1999.
Map Vaughan Memorial Forest Map (PDF)
Public Access Green Dot Trail. Park in lot at Colman Reservation. Cross Steere Street and turn right, walk 200 feet, and entrance to trail is on left.

Vaughan Pics

Vaughan Memorial Forest    Image credit: C Adler

Sweet pepperbush (clethra alnifolia) has a pleasant fragrance in midsummer.    Image credit: C Adler

Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule)    Image credit: C Adler

An Eastern garter snake at Vaughan Memorial Forest.    Image credit: C Adler

Vaughan Memorial Forest    Image credit: C Adler

Vaughan Memorial Forest    Image credit: C Adler

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