As you hike the loop trail, imagine an earlier time, over 300 years ago. Before Vassalboro was settled as a farming community, the Abenaki Indians hunted and fished along the Kennebec River, in forests and wetlands, and in the waters that are now known as Webber Pond.
In the 1800’s, farmers cleared this land for crops and pastures, and mill owners dammed the pond for water power. In 1909 the trolley line opened and connected the rural town of Vassalboro to the cities of Waterville, Augusta, and Lewiston. The KLT loop trail crosses a trolley line that was abandoned in 1932. All of these historical land uses altered drainage patterns and soil conditions and influenced the vegetation patterns at VWH. As you walk in the forest and wetland today, we hope you enjoy seeing the varied plants and birds on the site.
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From Route 201 in Vassalboro (roughly two miles north of the Augusta-Vassalboro line), turn east on the Webber Pond Road and go 0.5 miles past the Webber Pond Public Boat Landing to the Kennebec Land Trust sign (just south of the Natanis Golf Course). The main public access to the Vassalboro Wildlife Habitat is from the 35-acre parcel on the east side of Webber Pond Road, where a large wooden Kennebec Land Trust sign identifies the trailhead.
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