From granite for some of the country’s most significant public buildings to slate for roof tiles, commercial quarrying and stone working has thrived in Maine since around 1800. The sector’s evolution affected transportation by both sea and rail, while technological advances changed the industry in significant ways. Today, Maine stone artists and artisans still use many traditional techniques to create everything from garden benches to world-renowned public architecture. The Boothbay Railway Village is honored to be partnered with the Maine Stone Workers Guild for an ongoing, multi-year project investigating the historical ties between technology, industry and the creative world.
In August of 2017, the Museum & Guild partnered on the inaugural Maine Coast Stone Symposium. While plans are underway for the next full Symposium in August of 2019, the Maine Stone Working Weekend on August 11 & 12 will provide a venue to learn more about the artists and artisans that build upon Maine’s solid stone foundation. Guild members will demonstrate techniques while working on personal projects, showing finished sculptures and talking with visitors about this amazing part of Maine’s heritage. Some works will be available for sale.
The weekend activities are free with Museum admission.
Maine Stone Working Weekend is made possible with the generous support our partners: