Two centuries ago, slate and marble gravestones were hand-carved by local stone-cutters. The Portland shop of Bartlett Adams was the first successful business of its type in Maine, producing hundreds of gravestones from 1800 to 1828. Some of Adam’s carvers subsequently opened their own stone-cutting shops of their own in mid-coast and downeast Maine.

On May 9th, join author and cemetery sleuth Ron Romano to hear about these artists, learn about the grave markers they left behind and see how their designs compare to Thomaston’s own carvers of the handsome black marble quarried nearby.

The program is at the Knox Farmhouse, the Thomaston Historical Society’s museum at 80 Knox Street (adjacent to the railroad tracks). The building opens at 7:00 pm for refreshments, socializing and viewing museum exhibits. The talk begins promptly at 7:30. There is no charge but contributions are welcome.

After the talk you will have an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of Romano’s book, Early Gravestones in Southern Maine: The Genius of Bartlett Adams.

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