George B. Milne, one of the three founders of Rock of Ages, opened his first granite manufacturing business in 1885. In 1905, he merged with quarry owners James Boutwell and Harvey Varnum, to form the Boutwell, Milne & Varnum Company. The company operated granite quarries in Graniteville, selling Medium Barre and Dark Barre granite. Each monument made of Barre granite from the BM&V quarries was guaranteed against checking, cracking andAmerica’s First Granite Quarry discoloration. To accommodate the growing tourism generated by the quarries, Rock of Ages built a 2,800-square-foot Visitors Center in 1962. By 1967, more than 100,000 visitors were coming to Barre each year to view the quarries and Craftsman Center at Rock of Ages. 2004 marked the 80th anniversary of the first “retiring room” for visitors and the beginning of a new era in visitor services at Rock of Ages. On May 1st, 2004, Rock of Ages opened a new 5,000-square-foot building to house the new Visitors Center and Memorial Design Studio. The Visitors Center houses a theatre, displays, computer-based exhibits and a gift shop. The Rock of Ages Visitors Center serves as an ambassador of good will for the company. Be sure to visit to this spectacular quarry to witness the work of skilled craftsmen transforming solid rock into beautiful and enduring works of art.
Category: Historical Site, Tours, Quarry
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Review "If you have an mild interest in stone, construction or heavy equipment you will enjoy this place. The quarry tour was very informative. I would actually go again. Our guide took us out to the quarry, gave us a history of the industry, the company and explained the entire process. It was only a few bucks. Before you take the tour I would try and watch the video in the visitor center. They also have a stone bowling lane you can test out. If you go during the week you can take a free self guided tour of the factory. You can also pay $10 to do some sandblasting and make your own souvenir. I went on a sunday and both were closed. It was still worth it for me. I will go back next time i drive by. You should also check out Hope Cemetery a few miles away." – Yelp Review
Review "I have to tell you that we we pleasantly surprised. We didn’t know what to expect when we got there. I have to tell you it is a great place to go with the family or as a couple. The movie we saw before the tour was very enlightening. The tour itself was a learning experience also. The kids will love the “hands on” experience of sandblastling their very own tile. I have to tell you that it was nothing like I thought it would be. They also have an outdoor bowling alley, made out of granite. The kids will love this too. We did. If you are lucky enough to go there when the sculpters are there, you may get to see them work. They also have a cafe, if you would like a bite to eat. We recommend this attraction as a “must see”." – Trip Advisor Review
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