The famous “Lime Coast” runs from Thomaston to Lincolnville, Maine and is an important part of local history. In 1836 Thomaston was the biggest producer of lime in the United States. By 1890 over 3,000 men worked directly or indirectly in the lime trade and over 200 schooners were involved in the trade. Dragon Products is the last Thomaston operation to quarry limestone and the only remaining large cement production facility in New England. They quarry about 700,000 tons of limestone per year.
As part of the Maine Coast Stone Symposium Boothbay Railway Village is offering, through the Thomaston Historical Society, tours of the Dragon Products plant on August 21, 2017. The tours begin at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and run 2 to 2.5 hours. During the tour you will hear about the modern cement manufacturing process starting with the quarrying of limestone. At the end of the tour, there will be a chance to ask questions of managers in the quiet of a conference room where refreshments will be served by the Thomaston Historical Society.
Tickets are $30, discounted to $25 for members of the Thomaston Historical Society or the Boothbay Railway Village. Space is limited. This tour involves a lot of walking and climbing stairs. For more information email info@ThomastonHistoricalSociety.com.
Make reservations by sending a check to Thomaston Historical Society, PO Box 384, Thomaston, ME 04861. Please make a note that the payment is for the Dragon tour. The tour is a fund-raiser for the Thomaston Historical Society which is located in the Knox Farmhouse Museum, one of the oldest buildings in the United States to have been a train station. The society offers public lectures and events, exhibits on town history, and archives for research on local families, businesses and ships built in Thomaston. For more information, visit their website.
Maine Coast Stone Symposium is made possible with the generous support our partners: