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Gardiner18©Gardiner Main StreetGardiner is historic city full of culture and architecture. Established as Gardinerston in 1754 and officially incorporated in 1803 as Gardiner, the city sits along the Kennebec River at the head of navigation.

Gardiner has a historic downtown, vibrant arts and entertainment scene, shopping, and outdoor activities. Gardiner also offers scenic recreational trails and a beautiful waterfront park and public boat launch.

The city was once a thriving manufacturing center with multiple paper mills, shoe manufacturers, and logging and saw mills. In the 19th and early 20th century, Gardiner was at the center of the booming ice industry.


  • Population: 5,688
  • The city is named after Dr. Sylvester Gardiner, a Boston physician and early proprietor and developer of the area.
  • Gardiner boasts more buildings on the historic register than any other city in the area.
  • Gardiner is home to the state’s oldest opera house, Johnson Hall, which opened in 1864.

City of Gardiner
(207) 582-4200

Gardiner Main Street
(207) 582-3100

Gardiner Board of Trade