The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society and Museum

The Society’s mission is to collect and preserve the history of the quarrying industry in Maine and New England. Our vision for the museum is to make that history come alive for school children and the general public.

A key aspect of the Society’s mission is to preserve the traditions and practices of our forefathers so that they may not be forgotten. To this end the Society hosts elementary and middle school groups, as well as college students, through tours and demonstrations of traditional hand work using forged 19th century tools.

Using our collection of stone samples and quarry records, we assist in the identification of granite for the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and monuments nationwide.

In July 2016 the Society acquired the right to use a major portion of the current building. We are very excited to be able to expand our mission hosting larger groups, exhibiting more of our extensive collection, and making our archives more accessible to researchers.

62 Beech Hill Cross Road

Mount Desert, Maine 04660


Due to Covid-19 risks to staff the museum will not re-open as scheduled and is closed until further notice.

It is likely we are closed the entire 2020 summer season.

Admission by donation

Winter months by appointment


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Winter/Spring 2019 Newsletter - In this Edition

  • We Raised the Derrick!
  • Surfacing Machines and Air Compressors
  • Harrison Curtis, a quarry blacksmith and pilot

Click here for Winter/Spring 2018 newsletter

Click here for Winter/Spring 2017 newsletter