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Rock of Ages

560 Graniteville Road, Barre, VT 05654
877-870-9057
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Barre
Type: Mines
Activities: Shopping, Group tours/bus tour, Walking
Description: The world's largest quarry.
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Barre, Vermont
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Take a tour of the granite Quarries. The deepest quarry hole in the US. Exciting rock formations. Excellent museum tells the history of the Granite Industry in Barre and Central Vermont.

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Barre
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Barre is the Granite Center of the World. Barre Gray granite is used all over the world including several Washington D.C. memorials. Here you will get a tour of one of the quarries as well as an opportunity to see the entire process from the quarry to a finished monument. There is an informative movie that runs all day as... More

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Central VT
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great tour, fun and educational. The visitors center is nicely done, we enjoyed the granite bowling alley and there was something that appealed to everyone in our group that ranged from 6 years to 61 years. The scenery is amazing!

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Plano, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is the site where Monument pieces are mined. so was more then a tourist site but an actual working and geological wonder. We were there the last Friday of the month when one brave man climbs the vary tall tower at the Quarry and greases the poles. The depth of the quarry is a fabulous site to see. In... More

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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

A typical visit consists of watching an informative and educational video about the history of the granite industry in the Barre area, an excellently narrated bus tour (about 30 to 45 minutes) of the impressive 600-ft.-deep (and currently operating except during winter) open-pit granite mine and surrounding area, a factory tour (which we unfortunately missed), a self-guided tour of the... More

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Very interesting tour. The visitor's center has an informative video. A bus takes visitors up on a hill to look into the quarry. Tour guide was excellent. Visitors can walk thru an observatory to view the manufacturing area. And after seeing this, you MUST see Hope Cemetery to appreciate this fine craftsmanship.

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Madison, WI
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

An enjoyable experience - during the short bus ride to the quarry, the guide gave us some history and an overview of granite quarrying. The quarry itself is interesting, but be warned - if you don't like heights, you won't like this. There is only a chain link fence around the viewing area, and there are signs saying not to... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We dropped by this place on our way out of the area. I'm glad we did. The overlook of the factory floor was very interesting. The people working demonstrated real artistry. Equally as interesting was how they moved the granite pieces around the factory. This would be a great thing for a budding engineer to visit. The grounds were very... More

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Dansville, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

People were very friendly and the tour was most informative, There were lovely information center buildings that were very informative.

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Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We always have a million questions, and the nice lady leading our tour was able to answer them all. We enjoyed seeing the workers both in the quarry and in the factory, (a short film in the visitor's center made the factory self-guided tour more understandable). They even have a bin of rock scraps in case you really really REALLY... More

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