Gardiner is an authentic, vibrant city and the last deepwater port on the Kennebec River. Gardiner’s wonderful historic homes and downtown buildings reflect its rich history as a regional commercial hub in the 1800s. Today, the community balances urban flair with rural living and the resurgence of a new economy reflecting modern industry in its business park, with independent retail, service, and arts businesses downtown.
The Gardiner Waterfront Park is home to several public festivals throughout the year, including the Greater Gardiner River Festival in June, which kicks off the Kennebec Valley’s region-wide “Whatever Family Festival.” Waterfront Park is at the outlet of the Cobbossee stream, renowned as a short, but intense, whitewater kayaking run and a convergence for a multitude of fish species, including sea run and fresh water trout, striped bass, alewives and the illusive, majestic sturgeon.
History buffs visit the Gardiner Public Library (est. 1882) to pick up a guided tour of “Tilbury Town,” a name given to Gardiner by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edwin Arlington Robinson, who grew up in Gardiner.
A recent expansion of the Libby Hill Business Park represents opportunity for investment and job growth in this livable city. Excellent schools and easy access to the highway, capital, mountains and coast make Gardiner an ideal location for a visit, or for a lifetime.
Population – 5,800
Municipal Office – (207) 582-4200
Gardiner Main Street – (207) 582-3100