Hallowell’s Historic Waterfront: Granite City Park

Granite City Park in Hallowell, by Bob McIntire

Granite City Park is a living symbol of the city’s history and rebirth as riverfront mecca. The park is home to the popular colorful “rainbow chairs” making it a great place to gather for a picnic lunch, conversation or just sit and watch the eagles soar and sturgeon jump. Learn about the history of Hallowell’s waterfront.

1) History Corner – South End of the Bulkhead – site of the short-lived bridge to Chelsea and Togus and the Eastern Steamship dock and shipbuilding site. Look north to the site Wilder Oil Cloth Factory and the Taintner Stone Works.

2) Reclaiming and Replanting – The volunteers of the Hallowell Tree Board and Hallowell Conservation Commission have ridden open spaces of Japanese knotweed and other invasive species. Check out the pollinator garden leading to the Last Crane Standing and the additional 50 native tree and shrub plantings throughout the riverfront park.

3) Hallowell Granite Sculptures – Hallowell’s 2021 Granite Symposium drew artists from all over Maine who chiseled, sawed, sanded and polished local granite from the city’s stone pit to create bold and enduring works of art. Granite was quarried in Hallowell commercially as early as 1815 with stone supplied for the construction of the Quincy Market in Boston, the Maine State House, and the Kennebec Arsenal. Two sculptures are displayed in the park: “Bloom” by Isabel Kelley and “Flowing Through” by Mark Herrington. won first and second place in a people’s choice vote during the symposium.

4) Last Crane Standing – One of the last cranes used in Maine’s granite industry was donated to the city by Key Bank and restored by volunteers. scores of quarry workers and artisans, many Italian immigrants, carved into statues and architectural elements to be shipped across the eastern US and beyond.

Dress in comfortable walking togs and sensible shoes. Keep a weather eye out.


The Bulkhead area is accessible to wheelchairs. There are pathways with uneven ground.

Starting Location:

Granite City Park parking lot near the junction of Winthrop and Water Streets

Ending Location:

Granite City Park parking lot near the junction of Winthrop and Water Streets
101 Water St
Hallowell, Maine 04347

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May 4, 2024 / 10:00 AM

Led by: Bob McIntire
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Hallowell
County: Kennebec
Language(s): English