Thomaston, Maine: Prison Gift ShopAn outlet for the crafts made by the inmates of Maine State Prison. Pleasant gift items; no leg irons or striped uniforms for sale. The prison was demolished in 2002, but the southeast corner of the wall still stands as a monument.
Maine State Prison Showroom
- 358 Main St., Thomaston, ME
- On the west edge of town, on the south side of US 1, at the corner of Brooklyn Heights Rd. Next to the big, open field that used to be the prison. Also check out that last corner left of the old prison wall.
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Prison Gift Shop
Tons of hand-carved wood items, from model boats and toys to exquisite furniture. Very reasonable prices (and the Maine State Prison stamp on the bottom is priceless). They don't ship... we'll be prepared next time with more cargo space in the car![Gretchen, 05/30/2013]
Maine law forbids any prisoner-made item from being shipped out of state, so the only place you can buy them is at the gift shop.
The old Maine State Prison on Route 1 in Thomaston has been demolished. The idea of turning it into a tourist attraction, except for one weekend in February 2002 immediately after the inmates were relocated, was felt to be financially unviable. The Gift Shop, featuring crafts made by the inmates of the new State Prison, is still in the same place, next to the newly-vacant former Prison site.[Mark Bickford, 08/24/2002]
The leaky and deteriorating Maine State Prison may be demolished if no one in Maine can be convinced to turn it into a tourist attraction. Keeping 'em locked up since 1824, the place still houses killers and all manner of vile criminals -- the kind that inspired the lovable miscreants in Stephen King's "The Shawshank Redemption." Some scenes for that film were shot at the Ohio State Reformatory (down the street from the Living Bible Museum), in Mansfield, OH.... [02/22/2002] Complete News Story