HALLOWELL — The yearlong 250th anniversary celebration events continue in Hallowell, with two unusual and informative local walking tours. The tours are free of charge, weather permitting, and will last approximately one hour.

On Saturday, at 10 a.m., join historians Sam Webber and Arthur Moore for a walking tour of the Hallowell Waterfront. The tour will begin at the bulkhead at the north end of downtown, and visit four locations along the waterfront, according to a news release. Discussions will include the oil tankers and steam boats that visited Hallowell in days gone by; the Hallowell-Chelsea bridge, and the businesses that thrived along the waterfront including the shipyards, the granite wharf and the ice houses. This tour will be repeated on Sunday, July 8 at 10 a.m.

On Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m., Leonard Nason, owner of Granite Works LLC, will lead a narrated tour of the granite quarries. The tour will depart from his residence at 414 Winthrop St., just west of the quarry site. Still in place is some of the equipment that was used to harvest granite here for the Maine State House, the Pilgrim Monument in Plymouth, Mass; and the New York State Capitol Plaza in Albany. Carvings are still visible in the remaining stone in one of the quarries, which has been drained. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for this tour. The tour scheduled for July 1 has been canceled.

For more information, visit www.oldhallowellday.org or find Old Hallowell Day on Facebook.


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