Rock of Ages Quarry

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Flag of United States  , Vermont
Monday, July 23, 2012

We had one last stop to make prior to leaving Vermont.  Fortunately the Rock of Ages quarry was only about 8 miles from our campground and check out time wasn't until 1pm!  This part of Vermont is known for it's granite and Rock of Ages is the second most visited tourist site in the state ( #1 is the fall leaf change )

The granite here has been quarried for over 200 years.  The current technology allows the workers to go down to about 600 feet, anything beyond that is not cost effective - for now!  There is actually enough granite here to continue quarrying for over 4500 years, amazing to think about! 

Granite is much harder then marble - it is a 7 whereas marble is a 3 on the scale.  It also is less likely to be stained or damaged by weather, making it the perfect product for use in monuments and memorials.  The quarry here contains what is called Vermont blue grey.  The factory here, which is part of the tour, works with granite quarried from other locations. 
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