Last Updated on June 15, 2015 by Ellen Christian
I love day trips. They’re easy to fit into my busy schedule but still give me a needed break from my daily routine. My Mom and I recently visited the Vermont Marble Museum because the local garden club was holding a flower show there. We took an afternoon to enjoy the beautiful floral displays and check out what the Vermont Marble Museum had to offer.
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Vermont Marble Museum
The Vermont Marble Museum is located on 52 Main Street in Proctor, Vermont. It’s only a few minutes from Rutland, Vermont which means it’s about a half an hour drive from my home. The Vermont Marble Museum has a gift shop and a seasonal cafe. It was pouring when we visited but during nicer weather, there are also gardens you can walk through.
The Vermont Marble Museum has a variety of different exhibits including historical exhibits, geological displays and art galleries. We wandered through the Vermont Mable Museum since neither of us had been there before. There is a theater where we watched a movie about the history of the Vermont Marble Company and its immigrant work force in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
For those that enjoy the history of our country, you will definitely want to visit the Hall of Presidents where each past US President has been hand carved in bas-relief of Vermont Danby White and Vermont Statuary White marble. I also learned that Vermont Marble Workers quarried 56 ton blocks and carved it into the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier i 1931. It was then shipped to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.
There are also many historical photographs showing the story of marble and quarrying techniques. The “Our Earth Alive” exhibit shows the evolution of the planet and the formation of geological phenomena with displays and 160 foot long mural. You can even see “Raymond” the Triceratops and fluorescent minerals in their cave.
The Plaster Model Gallery has original plaster models that were created by artists of Vermont Marble Company and used as part of the sculpting process. Make sure you visit the Marble Chapel that was built in 1934. It has 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 1950s. Replicas of The Last Supper were commissioned by Churches all over the United States.
If you’re in Central Vermont, I really think you’ll enjoy the Vermont Marble Museum. I learned a lot about the history of marble in our state and had a really enjoyable afternoon.
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