This place is a big part of our history. I was just there on October 15, 2009. I spent two nights in Vinalhaven and while there I visited Lawson's Quarry. From what I have been told, it is one of the two public swimming quarries on in vinalhaven. It was cold when I was there so I wouldn't have considered swimming. Vinalhaven’s granite was discovered in the late 1800's.. For the next 100 years, men primarily from Scandanavia and the British Isles quarried, cut, polished and carved granite to be shipped on schooners, sloops and barges to ports as far away as New Orleans. If you plan on visiting the quarries, I would reccommend visiting the Vinalhaven Historical Society to get more depth information as to what they eventually used the granite for.
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