“As seen in the 2009 Star Trek movie!”
With the arrival of rail in Barre in 1875, the dream of efficient, cost-effective transportation of Barre's granite was realized and the Barre granite industry exploded as national markets opened. The last quarter of the 19th Century witnessed the immigration of thousands of workers seeking jobs in Barre's cavernous quarries and bustling granite sheds (factories). The population of Barre grew from 2,000 in 1880 to over 12,000 by 1910. People came to Barre from many countries, including Scotland, Italy, Norway, Finland and Spain. French-speaking peoples came by way of Canada. Each nationality's social culture, political ideologies and cuisine mingled with the then-established Yankee traditions, adding to the cultural diversity of Barre. Soon this tiny Vermont hamlet was transformed into a burgeoning city of industry. Today Barre's residents continue to enjoy their heritage as evidenced by the Mutuo Club and the Canadian Club. Granite statues in Barre's downtown district pay homage to the Scottish poet Robert Burns and the Italian sculptor/visionary Carlo Abate. We invite you to visit Rock of Ages while in Central Vermont. Come tour our mammoth quarry and observe the artisans in our factory. Experience firsthand the industry that ignited Barre's growth. Explore our computer kiosks to learn more about Barre's rich cultural history. Then join us in the sandblast room to make a little family history of your own as you cut a design into granite and leave with a stone gift made by your very own hands!
It was amazing to see the quarry and see how big it was. The tour was only 5 dollars and well worth it. A short video in the visitor center and then a 45 min tour to the quarry. Well worth a stop.
Unfortunately I missed the last tour, watching them work was still very nice, and the people at the front desk were incredibly nice and helpful.
A must when road tripping through upper Vermont. My wife and three kids went on a Wednesday afternoon. Be advised if you're driving a big rig or pulling a camper that they don't have designated parking. We were lucky and it wasn't very busy and were able to set down our 22' travel trailer across a bunch of car parking spots. The guided tour is simply a van ride to the top of one of the quarries in the area and a tour guide gives a presentation and entertained questions...well worth it! The Rock of Ages visitor center is excellent! The staff is friendly and there's a great place for lunch in front with tables and chairs. I'd go back in a heartbeat but next time I'd plan on spending more time on a local trail or two that nears more of the quarries and land marks.
Very interesting, they have a granite bowling alley that's a lot of fun!
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