As you wander through Gardiner’s historic district, you will see a series of charming and informative sign panels. Look for blue sturgeon fish painted on the ground to follow the historic walking trail to learn the story of the city, from Dr. Sylvester Gardiner’s 18th century development of the first mills on the Cobbossee Stream through the growth of a burgeoning fishing, shipbuilding and trade industry – and a dynamic city culture – in the 250 years that followed.
Beginning in Waterfront Park at the Kennebec-Chaudiere monument next to the boat launch, our new Historic Pathway leads you on a walk around our town. By visiting the stations along the path, the entire history of Gardiner unfolds – from the ice harvest, to pictures of the old bridge and photos of many serious floods in our downtown.
More information about Gardiner's Historic Pathway: CLICK HERE