It began with a vision – of a revitalized downtown Gardiner, throbbing with life, teeming with art and innovation, aglow with carefully preserved historic architecture, activity and commerce.
Over the past decade, that vision has blossomed into a wonderful reality. Gardiner Main Street was designated as a Nationally Certified Main Street Community in May 2004 as a result of successfully following the Main Street four-point approach.
One of the first Main Street programs in the State of Maine, the Gardiner Main Street organization was created to foster our downtown’s economic and cultural vitality through concentrated efforts of design, organization, promotion and economic revitalization, while protecting the city’s unique historic character.
At the confluence of central Maine’s Kennebec River and Cobbosseeconte (or simply Cobbossee) Stream … the junction of I-295 and the Maine Turnpike … where commerce and community spirit meet among handsome, historic architecture and a modern, progressive attitude … you’ve arrived in Gardiner, Maine!