All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Other Granite State

Steve Haynes and wife Juanita founded The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society and Museum six years ago.
Anyone who spends more than five minutes in the museum is likely to be introduced to at least several dozen different types of Maine granite with which the curator is intimately acquainted.

To date, he has documented and sampled nearly 50 quarries on Mount Desert Island and 350 quarries statewide.
Generally each geographic region of Maine has its own specific and singular type of granite, but Mount Desert Island has an unusual variety of colors and types.

“It’s a very unique little area,” Haynes said. “We’ve got lavender, black, bright red — there is every color of the rainbow right here on Mount Desert Island.” [Link]
The Society has contributed several items to the Maine Memory Network.

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