Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

Barre Town, Vermont

United States


United States

Barre Town, Vermont







Take a guided or self-guided tour through the worlds largest granite rock quarry. Witness milky-green water depths of over 600 feet. Majority of America's granite headstones come from right here. Before you leave, make sure you grab a free souvenir and play a few games of granite bowling.


Follow Route 110 north to East Barre. As you enter East Barre, you will see a church on the left. Just past the church, the road will curve to the right. At the bend, turn off Route 110, bearing left and continue straight. You are now on the Websterville Road. Continue straight on Websterville Road, about 7/10ths of a mile. When you see a power substation on your right, take the next left. Proceed up the hill and then down over the other side. Then bear right at the intersection. Follow Graniteville Road 8/10ths of a mile. The Rock of Ages Visitors Center will be on the right.


Rock of Ages Corporation is a granite quarrying and finishing company located in Graniteville, Vermont. It was founded in 1885.

The company employs around 230 people, and made a profit of around $800,000 in 2009 on revenues of $21.6 million, up from a loss of more than $2 million in 2008.

On 19 October 2010, Swenson Granite, based in Concord, New Hampshire, announced that it and Rock of Ages had agreed to merge. Swenson paid Rock of Ages shareholders a total of $39 million.

On 16 September 2016, Polycor inc., of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada -a natural stone producer, announced the acquisition of Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages Corporation to become the largest producer of marble and granite in North America. This also includes the Canadian division of Rock of Ages Corporation, located in Stanstead, Quebec, along the Vermont and Quebec border.

ROAC maintains the world's largest "deep hole" granite quarry. The quarry is called the "E. L. Smith Quarry", and the Devonian Barre Granite is mined there. Granite was originally quarried using primitive techniques which implemented hand saws and explosive charges to blast away the "benches" of the quarry. Modern techniques have evolved to include diamond-tipped wire saws and water jets. Visitors to the Rock of Ages factory and gift shop can also watch quarriers in the quarry cutting the granite away from the quarry wall.

The company was one of the cemetery-related businesses profiled in the 2005 PBS documentary A Cemetery Special.

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