VERMONT MARBLE EXHIBIT & MUSEUM
The largest marble company in the WORLD (100
exhibits, 27,000 square feet).
The earliest marble was quarried in 1836, followed by other marble
companies. In 1870 Redfield Proctor took over and brought this
company into prominence once he became a Senator and drove business to his
company by building monuments in Washington D.C. (I'm sure you could NOT
legally do that today!!) Buildings made with
this marble include the U. S. Supreme Court, Jefferson Memorial, the
Supreme Court, the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater & cemetery
markers at Arlington Cemetery, and the rotunda columns in the National Gallery of
This left-hand photo is 18,500 pounds of Verdi
Green Marble. The right-hand photo is Glenn in the entryway of
188,521 pounds of the famous white marble. Wow. What a start.
The museum was created from a wing of the
original factory, so the flavor of this industry and its history is
preserved. We recommend visiting this place highly.
view of one of the marble quarries in Vermont
photos of the marble quarries all around Vermont. A photographer
documented the story of marble in Vermont from 1890 to 1935.
view showing the depth of the quarry
original mill showing slabs being processed. This is where the
slabs of marble lined up, ready to work with, or ship by rail
pulling pallets of marble
the cemetery markers for Arlington Cemetery, from the Civil War,
eventually through Vietnam
the huge marble columns typical of the Supreme Court building
at the size of a single slab. I wouldn't want to be on the wrong
side of this if it falls! I would be two dimensional.
at the catwalks and ladders that show the size of the quarry!
part of the quarry actually undercuts the building. OSHA
Cutting the blocks of marble, huge!
(1903) The Danby Quarry produced the Supreme Court Building, the Jefferson
Memorial, and the Senate office building
support pillars in the mine are 30+ feet tall
Yard. Blocks of marble awaiting fabrication, fresh from the quarry via
Rutland Quarry, 1900. Note the tools on the floor, and the height of
the quarry that makes people look miniature
Shop, 1942, Proctor VT. A dedication sign being completed in memory
of Ida Helen Timme.
of Columbia War Memorial
special crane required to put thousands of tons of marble on the Clarendon
& Pittsford Railroad cars
Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad (1886) moves the marble from the quarry
to the factory. All 7 of the locomotive engines are lined up here.
the entryway, samples of the colors of marble processed here (red, white
& green marbles are native to Vermont)
panels of marble: Mariposa Danby, Champlain Black, Royal Danby
panels of marble: Imperial Danby, Verde Antique, and Montclair Danby
There are more than 100 large panels of
polished marbles displayed from around the world in another area of the
marble with orthoceras fossil inclusions, we usually only see in Moroccan
kitchen setup, showing how the white & Verde green marbles is used
today in the home:
The kitchen counters & walls are Vermont
Verde Antique, a serpentine marble. They can be custom ordered
& girl on a swing, circa 1900, marble
3 Dancers in marble
of man & woman, white marble
statues, this is just one small section, there were MANY
ornate sculpture of a structure, the museum says this is not a building
but a model of possible styles.
Built in 1934, the Chapel is made of
many varieties of Vermont marble that are no longer quarried.
The Last Supper bas-relief was carved by
Italian sculptor F. tonelli, in Proctor, in the 1950's. Replicas of
this were commissioned by churches all over the U.S.
Madonna in marble. Beautiful does not
A multi-decade project to honor our
country's leaders. Each past U.S. President has been hand carved in
bas-relief out of Vermont Danby White and Vermont Statuary White marble
from West Rutland. President Clinton in the center is a work in
President John F. Kennedy
More info on the marble sculptor, Renzo
Palmerini, that sculpted most of all the presidents:
This unexpected room includes a Triceratops
named Raymond excavated in 1996 from North Dakota
.. and fluorescent minerals shown under long
& short wave. Even my camera picked up the beautiful rich
Tens of thousands of cemetery markers were
made from Vermont marble here, including those for American soldiers at
Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. The markers made date from the
Civil War, Spanish American War, WW I & II, Korea, and Vietnam, shown
uses for marble? Paper coating & filler, food additives (safe
because it is calcium), toothpaste, inert filler for pills, plastics,
paints, cement, from Huggies to hockey pucks! The countertops &
bathroom vanities that feel like stone? Composite marble (ground up)
the restrooms at the museum were splendidly made from marble. What a
Marble Office. Original office furniture & this original punch
clock, circa 1870
Sculptor Allen Dwight with his abstract marble sculptures throughout the
museum. We met & spoke with him. His work is reminiscent
of Inuit soapstone carvings we saw in Alaska. Graceful and
meditative. They are all for sale.
marble abstract sculptures
small display sculptures
brain on top!
carved marble shell display on a fireplace mantel
Vermont marble "Freeform" with etchings, by Allen Dwight $8,000
particularly liked this face (freeform, $600)
"balancing rock" abstract style with other smaller marble
textures & color in this green abstract sculpture
MARBLE SAMPLE ROOM
Vermont Marble Company started collecting samples of fine marble in the
early 1900's. Many are now discontinued and quite rare, and include
U.S., Italian and many other countries' marbles. Glenn is in front
of a cabinet with smaller samples, just as beautiful.
Here are panels of marble samples filling this
entire room. Wow.
SUPREME COURT MOCK-UP
Created for the architect of the U.S. Capitol between 1932-1934,
prior to building the Courthouse in Washington D.C. The marble used
was Vermont Danby Imperial White, Vermont Verdoso, and Dark Rutland
huge, gorgeous retail store within the museum, lavishly using marble
everywhere. Marble products from around the world are sold
Three marbles are local: Vermont Verde
Antique, Vermont Danby White, and Vermont Swanton Red. We found
marbles of two (white & green), but not of the red marble (as in the
cheese cutting board below). This actually prompted another drive