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Rock of Ages

Founded in 1885, the Rock of Ages Corporation went on to become the world's leading granite quarrier, and today quarries and manufactures a number of different kinds of granite, including Barre Grey, Bethel White, Salisbury Pink and American Black, from sites across the United States. Their visitor center, the "Tourism Division of Rock of Ages Corporation," is the starting point for a number of different opportunities to get better acquainted with the industry.

The first is a simple self-guided tour, which starts with an introductory video on quarrying and manufacture, after which you can check out geographical displays or buy granite and other stone-related gifts. Visitors can also stroll out behind the Visitors Center to view the inactive Rock of Ages Quarry. A nearby manufacturing plant is also available for touring. There is no cost for these, and hours run May 1-October 31, Monday through Saturday (8:30-5) and Sunday (12-5), with special Fall hours Sunday (8:30-5:30).

Narrated tours are also available, where you can take a guided shuttle tour out to an active quarry and get a firsthand view of contemporary quarrying methods. These are available June through mid-October, Monday through Friday (9:15-3) and cost $4/adults, $3.50/seniors, children 6-12 $1.50.

Visitors to their Website can take a virtual tour, get information on group tours, purchase granite gifts and much more. Rock of Ages is located near Barry in Graniteville, and can be reached at 1-877-255-7626.

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