Lazy Days at The Dorset Quarry
May 13, 2010
This summer I’m looking forward to spending some time at the Dorset Quarry. Mined in 1785, the Dorset Quarry on Route 30 in Dorset is the oldest marble quarry in the United States. It’s now a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors in southern Vermont.
Although the quarry is located on private property, public access is allowed. As a teenager I spent countless afternoons there with my friends. But the Dorset Quarry is more than just a fun hangout for high school kids (regarding my adolescent antics, I plead the fifth.). On a summer afternoon, you’ll also find adults, families and couples enjoying what is one of the best swimming holes in Vermont.
a whole lotta lovePosted at 16:37h, 13 May
We stopped by here for the first time this winter. It was so beautiful. I tromped through the snow to take photos. I have some in my January album on my blog… and one of my first blogs was about this day I spent in Manchester/ Dorset. Anyway, I would love to see it in summer! Is it really cold water? We’ll have to bring our suits when we go there again. I didn’t know people could swim in it. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 18:47h, 13 May
Whole lotta love — The water can be a bit chilly, but it’s not too bad. You should definitely go for a swim at the quarry when you are back in Manchester/Dorset. I will check out the photos on your blog from your January visit. Thanks for stopping by!
bistrohenryPosted at 22:03h, 13 May
Nice… I plan on diving it this late spring. I’ll try to get a photo or 2 from under.
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 22:41h, 13 May
Henry — Ooh, diving sounds great! I would love to see your photos from underwater. Bistro Henry is on our list to visit this summer!
Steve BorichevskyPosted at 23:48h, 13 May
Oh, I know this quary. I’ve driven by it hundreds of times!
Richard KingPosted at 07:07h, 14 May
Looks like a nice place for a swim, if the water’s not too cold. Some swimming holes near our area, seem to have cold water year round!
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 02:33h, 15 May
Hi Steve — It’s a great place. Stop by for a swim next time you’re in Dorset (in the summer).
Hi Richard — The water is definitely a little chilly, but it’s refreshing on a hot summer day. I imagine it stays cold because the water is so deep.
matthew houskeeperPosted at 14:31h, 15 May
Spent many days there.
nicelifeapparelPosted at 07:23h, 26 May
One of the best spots in the state. I’ve shot many photos there and in the area. They can be found on my photography site http://awesomeishotthat.tumblr.com/page/4. Glad Andy Coghlan turned me onto this blog.
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 11:23h, 26 May
nicelifeapparel — Thanks for stopping by. Love the photos on your photo site. Your Dorset quarry image is beautiful!
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