Six miles northwest of Manchester along VT 30, Dorset is a pristinely beautiful Vermont village, originally settled in 1768, with a stately inn (the oldest in Vermont), a lofty church and a village green. The sidewalks and many other buildings are made of creamy marble from the nearby quarry, about a mile south of the village center on VT 30. Dorset supplied much of the marble for the grand New York Public Library building and numerous other public edifices. These days the quarry is filled with water and makes a lovely place to picnic.
Dorset is best known as a summer playground for well-to-do city folks (a role it has played for over a century) and the home of a renowned theater, the Dorset Playhouse, which draws a sophisticated audience for the annual Dorset Theatre Festival.