Rock of Ages Quarries

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Rock of Ages Quarries information

Location
Montpelier , USA
Address
560 Graniteville Rd
Graniteville
General info
+1 800 421 0166
Visitors center
+1 802 476 3119
More information
www.rockofages.com
Prices
guided tours adult/child $6/2.75
Opening hours
guided quarry tours 9:15am-3:35pm Mon-Sat late May-Aug, daily Sep–mid-Oct; self-guided factory tours 8am-3:30pm Mon-Fri Feb–mid-Dec
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The world's largest granite quarries, 4 miles southeast of Barre off I-89 exit 6, cover 50 acres, tapping a granite vein that's a whopping 6 miles long, 4 miles wide and 10 miles deep. Most fascinating is the 35-minute guided minibus tour of the active quarry, where you can gaze down on seemingly ant-size workers in hard hats extracting massive granite blocks at the bottom of a 600ft-deep pit.

The beautiful, durable, granular stone, formed more than 330 million years ago, is used for tombstones, building facades, monuments, curbstones and tabletops. The quarry tour also includes a short video, historical exhibits and a trip to the factory, where you can watch granite products being made – some with an accuracy that approaches 25 millionths of an inch.