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Rock of Ages

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Address: 560 Graniteville Rd, Barre, VT 05654-8001
Phone Number: 877-870-9057
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The world's largest quarry.

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Fascinating!

First, you enter the visitor's center and watch a short video on how they mine the granite. Then take a tour bus up to an overlook that lets you see down into the stone quarry. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Melodycthomas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First, you enter the visitor's center and watch a short video on how they mine the granite. Then take a tour bus up to an overlook that lets you see down into the stone quarry. A tour guide explains the process of cutting the granite. After you return to the visitors center, walk next door to the production center. It... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A granite quarry is a place where big BIG chunks of rock are cut from a solid granite hill. It's an amazing feat - granite is the hardest stone, and there is lots in Vermont. The Egyptian obelisks, like "Cleopatra's Needle", are granite and were carved out of rock by hand. Of course they use machines now, with help from... More 

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Aurora
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped and took this tour more for me as I had lived in Barre when I was a child. The visitor center and film were very good and the sales area was impressive. The tour bus ride with Johan was an easy drive and our narrator whose name escapes me was very informative. The quarry was spectacular to view... More 

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Farmingdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Start your tour in the visitor's center with a 15 minute video which will explain what you are about to see. The quarry itself is fascinating and the tour guide was very informative. Small fee for that tour. Next, you can do a free self-guided tour through the factory on weekdays to watch the artisans at work. Finish off your... More 

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New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, this is a very fascinating place. Make sure to go on both the self-guided tour and the paid tour. Both are totally different and are extremely interesting. Our tour guide was astoundingly knowledgeable / interesting. It is simply amazing how the granite is mined!

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Thank NewEnglandDavid
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the opportunity on a recent weekend in Vermont to visit the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre. It is a fascinating place. We started out watching the video which gives an in-depth explanation of the history of the quarry and how these beautiful monuments are made. We then followed our guide in our own cars to the quarry... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The video in the visitors' center was great and the subsequent visit of the quarry itself was instructional. The facility is world renowned and produces some of the finest granite around. The guide's presentation on the extraction of the granite was fascinating; great presentation. The visit to the facility where the granite is polished, etched, sculpted and finalized as monuments,... More 

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Thank Patricia K
Escalon, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Self guided tour of the monument process is very interesting. Bowling on the granite bowling alley was fun too. Learning about the granite & the quarry were interesting too. We didn't go to the quarry, small charge for that.

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Athol, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located at the top of a hill , this facility is world renowned as producing some of the finest granite monuments in the world. There is a self-guided tour of the production facility where visitors can observe the actual engraving, cutting and polishing of headstones as viewed from an overhead catwalk. The adjacent visitor's center has a gift/souvenir shop, informative... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour (very reasonably priced) starts with a video and chance to go thru the gift shop in the visitor center. You can then take a self guided tour overlooking the factory. The quarry tour requires you to drive your own car while following a guide for a couple of miles. Overlooking the quarry, you are treated to an informative... More 

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