Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rock of Ages - Barre, VT

Today we visited Rock of Ages Granite Quarry in Barre, VT.  The quarry is a beautiful natural structure that produces Barre Grey granite.  We learned about the history of quarrying in Vermont, the workers who died from silicosis, and how procedures were put in place to eliminate exposure to silica dust.  The tour also provided a great opportunity to see how large blocks of granite are cut from the quarry, and how they are lifted for transport.  We had the opportunity to speak with the safety and health director of Rock of Ages, who answered lots of questions form our group.

After the quarry, we visited the mill, where the artisans create incredible pieces of art from the granite.  Many pieces are on display at Hope Cemetery.  We had a wonderful guide at Hope, who provided many stories on the history of the people buried at Hope.

Thanks to Todd and Jeff at Rock of Ages for sharing their knowledge and time with us.

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