Rock of Ages Visitor Center & Quarry Tours
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Rock of Ages Visitor Center & Quarry Tours

Rock of Ages Visitor Center & Quarry Tours
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The Rock of Ages tour experience is open to the public May - November 11th. Come visit us to experience one of the natural wonders of the world. Only here can you witness the largest deep-hole quarry, located in Graniteville, Vermont! Join us for a one-of-a-kind tour experience on a guided tour. Open Monday through Friday, 10am - 4pm with four tour times daily, closed on Saturday and Sunday. Caravan style to the quarry with our tour guide, road not recommended for motorcycles. Enjoy a game or two of bowling on our outdoor granite bowling lane, watch great video's inside the Visitor Center and explore our exhibits. Beautiful gift shop featuring granite gifts and warm Vermont hospitality awaits you at Rock of Ages. The Rock of Ages Craftsmen Center/Manufacturing Plant self-guided is not to be missed! See you in May
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catysonreviews
Shingletown, CA1,154 contributions
Jul 2022
A must-see if you are in the area. We thought they would load us on a shuttle bus to go to the quarry, but we drove our own vehicles to see the quarry following our tour guide. He was a retired quarry worker so he knew a lot about it. The "tour" isn't much to speak of but we didn't mind donating the 13.00 for two seniors. It was hot and there is no shade so we left the group early. I hope our guide wasn't insulted. If they want people to hang out they should put up a shade sail or something. It was really neat to see.
Written July 27, 2022
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John I
Clifton Park, NY774 contributions
Jun 2021
I was born in Barre some time ago, so this was a pilgrimage of sorts. My mom talked about Rock of Ages for years, but I knew little about it. The welcome center is very well done, and the video is a must-see. I had no idea that Barre granite is in some of the most far-away places.

The drive up to the quarry is dusty and bumpy, but the lookout area is commanding. Due to technology, the workforce has gone from 200 to around 30. Quite a change over the years. The process is slow and boring, so there is only the excavation to see, but it is impressive.

The actual cutting facility is being remodeled for more capacity, so it was closed to the public. I would love to see the craftsmen at work, as they make cemetery markers and carvings with fine detail and artistry. Maybe next time.
Written July 3, 2021
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MJM
15 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I was first interested in the tour because I saw a picture of the quarry but the tour was full of information. You start in the gift shop/museum. There are some good presentations about the quarry and a short film. When your tour time comes you meet up with a guide who gives you a brief lesson before you head to the quarry. Ours was very brief as she was trying to get us out ahead of a tour bus. You go in your own car caravan style to a parking area above the quarry. Here the guide presents you with a view while giving you information about the history and process. You can ask questions and see what it all looks like. My husband humored me to go but he loved it better than I did and took up the offer to go and see the production part as well. Well worth the time and money. And what a view.
Written October 7, 2022
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Liz
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Tour guide was kind and knowledgeable. Very interesting history lesson. Tour is mainly standing and listening to guide so would not recommended for kids (we ended up leaving the tour early with our 7, 5, and 1 year old).
Written October 8, 2021
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J W
35 contributions
Jul 2022
This was definitely worth the hour drive. The tour was very reasonably priced and a bargain considering all you get to see. The staff were all super nice, and our guide was superb at explaining the history of the quarry, daily operations, at pointing out various site features. It was a fun learning experience. The only negative was that we decided to take a Friday afternoon tour when quarry activity had started winding down for the week. At the end of the tour, the guide recommended visiting Hope Cemetery a few miles away to see a unique array of memorials created by site craftsman; we decided to do that and I’m glad we did since it was a nice supplement to what we had just seen at the quarry.
Written August 23, 2022
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Teammilitello
Des Moines, IA697 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
No trip to Barre is complete without seeing an industry that is so vital to the city. Granite production is what sets Barre apart. For an inexpensive ticket, Cynthia told how the industry began & how it has evolved. We all drive in our own cars to the quarry. (The factory is closed, but a video shows everything, so that’s ok.) it lasts about 45 minutes. Your kids will enjoy watching the workers move the tractors throughout.
Written August 10, 2021
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,100 contributions
Aug 2021
Spent a very interesting and informative hour touring the deepest (600') granite mine in the world. Our guide Roger was terrific providing facts, figures, descriptive explanations on mine processes and safety precautions as well as personal experiences from his 30 years working in the mine. It is an hour well spent and one not that many folks get to experience. I will remember it every time I see the granite countertops in my kitchen!!!!!
Written August 17, 2021
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kleic
San Antonio, TX950 contributions
Aug 2021
The tour guide's headset was pretty terrible and we didn't catch a whole lot of what she said but the experience of seeing this place was really terrific. Keep an eye out for falcons and hawks! Spend a little time before or afterwards looking around the visitor's center. We also asked about hiking trails nearby and got to see some beautiful abandon quarries.
Written August 16, 2021
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Marty R
Princeton Junction, NJ3 contributions
Jun 2021
Roger, our tour guide and former long-term employee of the quarry, was very knowledgeable and very pleasant. He discussed the quarry's operations and stone cutting in a fair amount of detail (sometimes a little too much) and thereby described a world of mining which was quite enlightening. The Rock of Ages Visitor Center is done well and interesting. Unfortunately, the Craftsman Center (where actual production of granite products occurs) was closed to visitors.
Written June 4, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your experience at Rock of Ages, we do appreciate your insight.
Written June 7, 2021
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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA516 contributions
Sep 2021
Took the tour in early September.
1). You can do bowling lane outside the visitor center. Took a couple of rolls there.
2). They have a scrap bin where you can take some samples hope
3). The tour guide was an ex worker. He explained stuff in detail
4). Tour is a car tour where you drive up to top and get out.
5). Tour cost is not much ($20.67 for 3 people)
6). Views were good at top.
A good unique tour
Written October 17, 2021
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