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The long history of Maine granite quarries

Cutting granite with hand tools

Cutting granite with hand tools

Those attending a July 16, 2014 talk at the Wilson Museum on the history of the Maine granite industry had the chance to try cutting a granite block using hand tools quarrymen used in the 1800s. The museum is located in Castine, Maine.

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Steve Haynes explains the history of the Maine granite industry

Steve Haynes explains the history of the Maine granite industry

Steve Haynes, director of the Maine Granite Industry Historical Society, detailed the granite quarries that dotted the Maine coastline in the 1800s. He spoke at the Wilson Museum in Castine, Maine on July 16, 2014.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Quarry mining on Crotch Island

Quarry mining on Crotch Island

Crotch Island, off Stonington, was the site of quarry mining in the 1800s. Active mining continued into the 1960s, then declined for a brief period but is actively quarried today. This aerial view was taken in 2012.

Photo by Anne Berleant

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