We had a lazy morning, enjoying a breakfast of cranberry waffles topped with the Vermont Maple Syrup we purchased yesterday. Yummy!
After which, we got our plan for the day together and started off on our journey.
Again, this morning we headed North. This time to the little town of Barre, home of the
Rock of Ages Granite Quarries. We located the
visitor center and found that we were just in time to board the next
We drove from the factory out to the
quarries. They were not working this week due to the heat. We certainly understand, but were disappointed that we did not get to see the process of extracting the granite. Our guide told us that this quarry has been digging in this spot for about 60 years and that there was enough granite here to last for another 2,000 years. Sounds like job security.
These are some of the
This photo was taken from the movie we watched, shows how they
lift it from the quarry. The benches are 50' long, 20' wide, and 10' thick, and weighs several tons.
Once we were back to the factory, which was also closed for this week, we were able to take a self guided tour. We saw
were the artisans take pieces of the granite and turn them into statues, monuments, and
tombstones. Thus, the name...Rock of Ages.
I also had the opportunity to
sandblast my own granite
After the tour, we drove out to the Hope Cemetery. We wandered around and saw some very unusual headstones that have been done over the years by the artisans from Rock of Ages Factory.
race cars, and
From here, we decided to wander the
back roads looking for
covered bridges. This one, was built in 1872 as the Northfield Upper River Bridge. It was located just inside the town of
Northfield...established in 1781.
Wandering down this
back road, we found
a smaller back road that took us to a
floating bridge, that no longer floats. The first bridge was constructed in 1820. This one was the seventh bridge...now closed!
These were some of the houses and buildings sitting
Back to our wanderings...we found
this old church,
an old general store,
a beautiful Vermont farm,
another covered bridge...and
a back road that took us to a dead end. We had to back out of this one.
cows that had the right of way.
Wander we did, but lost we were not...what another great day in
Green Mountain State of Vermont!