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Maine Granite Industry Museum

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Address: 62 Beech Hill Crossroad, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660
Phone Number: +1 207-244-7299
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Description: A non-profit (your donation is tax deductible) organization dedicated to...
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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Fascinating and useful!!

Outstanding focus on Maine's granite industry, which provided the material for so many great buildings and structures. Wonderful assemblage of period photos, stone working tools... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Outstanding focus on Maine's granite industry, which provided the material for so many great buildings and structures. Wonderful assemblage of period photos, stone working tools, geologic and geographic maps of the scores of former quarry locations. Also polished specimens from most of the quarries showing the color variations from quarry to quarry. This museum is a little gem and definitely... More 

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is one of my most favorite island activities! Great in good or bad weather. Steve Haynes, founder and curator, is a true character! He always takes time with visitors - very welcoming and passionate about his museum. This museum is great for school groups if you plan in advance. Steve has prepared many visual and hands-on activities for students... More 

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Went here with my 9 year-old grandsons. Thought that they would be bored, but I was so wrong. Steve got them to help with splitting a large granite rock, which they loved. The small museum is worth spending some time in, and you will come away with a great understanding of this industry.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This tiny one room museum contains a treasure trove of tools, photographs, stories, and stone samples collected over a life time by the museum's founder and curator Steve Baynes. Our interest in the area's granite industry was piqued because we were staying in a cabin in Hall's Quarry overlooking Somes Sound where there was much evidence of past quarrying practices.... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The Maine Granite Industry Museum is an outstanding view into the history of this industry. Steve is extremely knowledgable and very personable. Highly recommend.

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Ellsworth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I do know the owner personally as we hostes two craft shows. He does beautiful work. Clocks inside of smoothed granite. Granite is the state of Maine's official stone. Wortha visit during your time in the area.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We just happened upon this place and I must say No one should miss seeing this rare treat in downeast Maine. If you are in the Acadia area be sure to stop in and see this unique treasure house. The curator has put together the most comprehensive collection of artefacts and granite samples as well as reams of documentation covering... More 

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