Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library

Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library

When you travel across New England, you certainly come across some really beautiful scenes. From the farm fields stretching for miles in Vermont to the deep history embedded in New Hampshire’s countryside, the views are simply gorgeous. Two weekends a month, that’s four days a month, we hop in that van and we hit the gas. I would say we travel across the pavement to see what New England travel destination we will end up at, but normally it’s dirt roads and dust and cows all over the place. New England is a sight to see and being that I was born in New Hampshire, it’s an area that’s close to my heart.

Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library

New England Marble Quarry

Today I wanted to share some photos from one of our trips at Dorset Quarry in Dorset, Vermont. I am not even certain how we happened upon this location, perhaps we were in the Green Mountain National Forest on this particular day and headed towards what we now know is the historical town of Dorset, Vermont. Our bearings led us here and we quickly parked to check out the quarry. This old marble quarry was fully functioning back in 1910, but according to one source {Dorset Historical Society}, the quarry went out of commission when a stream filled it with water sometime in 1917.

Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library
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The marble from this quarry was used to build the New York Public Library, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Harvard Medical School buildings {source: Dorset Historical Society}.

Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library

Swimming Spot

As this now privately owned location becomes a wildly popular swimming spot during our hot New England summertime, the owners are having difficulties maintaining the safety of this old quarry. I can imagine because just this last summer in 2017, we drove passed and there were so many people here.

The main parking area was full, the main road was probably one mile plus deep full of cars on the side of the road. People from New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire seemed to have flocked to the Dorset Quarry.

Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library

While I can’t share any drone photography with you today, I certainly hope that you enjoy some of the photos we captured at ground level in Dorset, Vermont on this particularly beautiful road tripping day.

Marble Quarry that Built New York Public Library

Visit Dorset Marble Quarry

Dorset Vermont Quarry is located on VT-30 in Dorset, VT, you can input these GPS coordinates to get there Lat:43.23625 Lon: -73.08289

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  1. Oh wow! I had no idea that it was used to build the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Next time I go in the city I will be sure to admire it even more.

  2. We have a quarry in our area but it looks nothing like this one. I am in awe that it was used to build a library, one of my favorite places to be.

  3. I would LOVE to visit here. Totally my kind of place. I think it would be fun for my hubs too!

  4. I love to visit the places most think are boring. Not many would get a thrill out of an old Marble Quarry, however, I would be so excited.

  5. Looks like a fun place for a family adventure! We enjoy learning about the history behind specific locations as well.

  6. I have been to the New York Public Library with my family. I had no idea about the history of the marble!

  7. I have never visited a quarry before. I love seeing these beautiful stones in their natural environments.

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