THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
OF WELLS AND OGUNQUIT
PRESERVING THE PAST FOR TWO MAINE TOWNS
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So you think you know Wells and Ogunquit? Each week we post a question on our Facebook page. Scroll to the bottom to see the answer. Here's this week's question:
New England families have long been known for keeping a clean and orderly home. Floors were kept very clean, especially in spring following the messy winter season. Before painted floors and carpets became the norm, what did families cover their floors with to help keep them clean? (It is a little ironic, actually.)
Millenium Granite Quarry Tour
Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10 am
50 Quarry Road in Wells
$10 members, $12 non-members
Please join us for a fascinating walking tour of the Millenium Granite quarry on (where else?) Quarry Road in Wells. Granite is one of New England’s iconic building and memorial stones, and this Wells quarry has supplied many important projects around the nation. Come along and learn about its history, operations, and impact on architecture, both near and far.
Wells has been known as a regional source of granite since the 19th century. Builders and craftspeople first identified areas of exposed granite ledge, called “motions,” which could be accessed in local hillsides. Slabs of granite were removed from these ledges using hand tools, leaving distinctive marks which can still be seen in local foundations and stone walls today.
Formerly known as the Quarry at Bald Hill, and first owned by both the Swenson and Miniutti families, the Millennium Granite quarry opened in the early 20th century. Newly developed power tools and machinery vastly improved quarrying operations, and the business employed local residents for decades.
Known for its colorful pink hue, this high-quality granite can be found in many landmarks nationwide, including the Pentagon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Statler hotel in Washington, DC, and the Tiffany and DePinna stores in New York City.
Learn about the rich history of Wells quarries and see how Millennium Granite Quarry & Stoneworks provides superior uncommon soft-pink granite and other fine stones to architects, landscape architects and designers across the country.
Mornings at the Museum
Children's Programs - Free!
Bring the kids for Mornings at the Museum, where they can enjoy a fun program of stories, activities, a scavenger hunt, and a craft to take home. Every program has a unique theme... and admission is free!
Thursday May 11
Thursday June 8
Thursday July 13
Thursday August 10
Thursday September 14
Saturday October 14
Saturday November 11
Saturday December 9
Woodies in the Cove
Saturday August 12, 2023, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Our 2022 show was a big success and we're already looking forward to the next show! In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our sponsors and thank them for their support. The Woodies show is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we couldn't do it without our generous sponsors. Click here for the list of sponsors!
Warrior Sports Through the Years
At the Meetinghouse, date to be determined
Join us as we team up (pun intended!) with the Wells High School Alumni Association to present a fun and fascinating program tracing the history of school sports in Wells and Ogunquit. Do you have any photos, stories, or newspaper clippings that you're willing to share for the program? If so, please contact us. Thank you!
And the answer is...
SAND. People would sprinkle sand on their floors so dirt and other debris tracked in on shoes and boots would not rub into the floorboards. It made them easier to clean.