Working Stone | Kirsten Hoving | Via
We’ve been cutting chunks of marble out of the mountains of Vermont since 1785. The continent’s first commercial marble quarry was cut into Mount Aeolus, and stonecutters came from all over the world to work its stone throughout the 19th century. The Vermont Marble Co. was the largest U.S. corporation when it was founded early in the 20th century. The industry has dwindled somewhat in the face of mounting competition from China and changing tastes in architecture, but granite remains a fundamental part of Vermont.
“It’s hard not to be aware of history,” says Kirsten Hoving, an art historian and photographer. “Keep your eyes open and you’ll find marble bridges and doorsteps everywhere you go on the western, marble side of the state. On the eastern side, amazing granite tomb sculptures and architectural details.”