Art quarry at Camden library
Camden — Marcia Anderson is Artist of the Month at Camden Public Library. Hers watercolor collection, “Old Lime Quarries in Rockland and Rockport and the Historic Homes of Quarry Owners,” is on exhibit through the end of February.
Historical notes are included with each painting. Also on exhibit are related vintage photographs from the collection of the library’s History Center featuring the limestone industry.
Passing along Old County Road in Rockland, the Rockport artist said she could not help but notice the gaping, deep gouges in the landscape — abandoned lime quarries. She said the history of the limestone industry affects her artwork and the landscape today.
“Deep deposits of limestone were discovered by the early 1800s, stretching from Thomaston to Lake Chickawaukie in Rockland, and soon many small quarries were dug,” she said. Limestone in those days was used for plaster and mortar, she added. Horses and wagons hauled the chunks of limestone down to the lime kilns along the shore, where the lime was burned and became powder, which in turn was put in barrels and shipped out to cities as far as Washington, D.C. For most of the 1800s, preparing and shipping lime was big business in the Rockland/Rockport area and even in the countryside nearby. Rockland was known as the Lime Capital of the World.
“Some of the beautiful homes of the lime quarry owners are still standing, and I have painted these, along with the quarries they owned,” said Anderson, who has publishing a booklet to accompany the exhibit.
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