News Feature

Originally published in Compass, July 10, 2014
Castine museum to host program on granite industry

Cutting into granite and its industry’s history

As part of a July 15, 2014 lecture on the history of granite quarrying in Maine, a live demonstration of granite cutting will ask audience members to try their hand. The event will be held at the Wilson Museum in Castine, Maine.

Photo courtesy of Wilson Museum

Granite quarrying has a long history in Maine, with Maine granite used in everything from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument to today’s kitchen countertops. On Tuesday, July 15, at 3 p.m., the Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins Street in Castine, will host Maine Granite Industry, a lecture and demonstration. Learn about this still important local industry with Steve Haynes, director of the Maine Granite Industry Historical Society in Mount Desert Island. After an illustrated lecture, he will invite the audience to help him break a block of granite using traditional techniques.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Wilson Museum at 326-9247 or