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Maine Granite Industry Museum

62 Beech Hill Cross Rd, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6208
+1 207-244-7299
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The Amount of History in Detail is Astounding!

This is stop is worth it's weight in granite! You will not be disappointed, Steve has done his... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
mmyers17602
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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Fascinating history of granite industry in Maine

Steve's passion for the history and importance of the granite industry in Maine is contagious. A... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2017
rawatt
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to collecting and preserving any and all historic information and artifacts pertaining to the granite industry of Maine. In the museum you will find hundreds of old tools that were used in the industry, photos of the quarries in operation and the buildings and monuments which were erected from Maine's beautiful granites. Curator and founder Steven Haynes is there to guide you through this once important history of our state.
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62 Beech Hill Cross Rd, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6208
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is stop is worth it's weight in granite! You will not be disappointed, Steve has done his homework and is a living text book of anything granite. His knowledge is Rock Solid! The opportunity to do a hands-on cleave break you will not get...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Steve's passion for the history and importance of the granite industry in Maine is contagious. A blend of history, science, local color and industrial applications is shared with an intensity that captivates both young and old. Scientific charts, basic mineralogy, demonstrations of technology, and stories...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

I first stopped by about a dozen years ago on my motorcycle, having passed by the road sign for many years. It was then housed in small side room in a small engine repair shop. I quickly became friends with the proprietor, whose enthusiasm was...More

1  Thank Frederick V
Reviewed 25 September 2017

At this modest one-room museum, founder/curator Steven Haynes provides a lively overview of Maine's granite industry, from the geological events which formed the stone to quarrying and finishing it into noteworthy buildings, bridges, monuments and countertops. His collection includes tools, equipment, old photos plus actual...More

1  Thank Larry H
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Stopping at this museum is a must! Whether you already love granite or you're not sure if you do, Stephen Haynes, the museum curator, will captivate you will his knowledge of granite and the history of the granite industry in Maine. You'll leave with a...More

1  Thank Emma B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

My husband saw the sign and wanted to visit. I was not interested, until we arrived and met Stephen Haynes. His passion for granite is contagious. I will never see another historic granite building the same way again. This is a must see!

1  Thank Cricket51
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Don't let the bland name fool you: this obscure, unassuming museum, housed in a nondescript building, provides a fascinating look back at what used to be a huge industry in the area. Many of the nation's grandest buildings (e.g. the U.S. Treasury, pictured on the...More

1  Thank Ken K
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I have to say, I was blown away by the curator. Having studied geology and having a keen interest in the subject I was slightly disappointed at the lack of truly in depth knowledge from anyone at the NPS. But not here, the curator here...More

1  Thank Matt C
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I dragged my reluctant children here expecting a few cool old tools and a glimpse of yesteryear. The director stepped up to the first exhibit and started gushing out history and enthusiasm. We learned more about granite and granite quarrying than we'd known we wanted...More

1  Thank pleurodont
Reviewed 6 July 2017

What a surprise. The host jumps out and launches into a very excited and animated description of how Mount Desert Island formed from a volcano, and then goes into the history of granite mining, and how the pieces were worked by hand. Really enjoyed it,...More

1  Thank davidG3366PJ
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