The long history of Maine granite quarries
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.
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.
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.