A Visitor’s Guide to Granite, Marble and Slate in the Green Mountain State
MONTPELIER, Vt. – In recognition of Vermont’s rich history of quarrying, manufacturing and utilizing its abundant deposits of granite, marble and slate, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has published The Vermont Stone Trail guide to help visitors explore the many attractions and destinations in the state that are tied to these valued resources.
The Vermont Stone Trail offers a wealth of information on historical, artistic, cultural and recreational experiences, ranging from visiting museums and sculpture parks, to exploring old quarries on foot or by mountain bike. The new book entails beautiful photography and offers descriptions on 95 sites along the trail, including popular destinations such as the Bennington Battle Monument State Historic Site, the Norcross-West Quarry in Dorset and the Rock of Ages Visitor Center in Barre.
The Vermont Stone Trail points visitors to attractions that tell the story of how the stone industries helped shape Vermont’s history, culture and art.
“It gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the geology and history of Vermont and also see the work of modern artists when they stop into the studios and galleries listed on the trail,” said Hilary DelRoss, Heritage and Recreation Specialist at Vermont Tourism. “Artists themselves often act as guides on site, giving demonstrations and providing experiences that help bridge the past and present though the crafts they showcase.”
The Vermont Stone Trail follows the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing’s earlier publication, The Vermont Marble Trail, which highlights the rich geological marble corridor that runs the length of western Vermont. Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith credited her department’s collaboration with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, and many others, for allowing The Vermont Stone Trail to become a reality.
“We worked very closely with many industry experts throughout Vermont in producing this publication,” said Commissioner Smith. “We are grateful for the contributions of these partners, and believe it will serve as a valuable guide for the tourists and residents looking to enjoy The Vermont Stone Trail.”
The Preservation Trust of Vermont, Vermont Geological Survey, Vermont Granite Museum, Vermont Marble Museum, Rock of Ages, Slate Valley Museum, and Poultney Historical Society all shared their knowledge and expertise about the stone found in their regions, and contributed photography to the publication.
The Vermont Stone Trail can be picked up for free at any of the 17 Vermont Welcome and Visitor Centers or at galleries and attractions along the trail. It can also be downloaded online at VermontVacation.com.