| DORSET MARBLE
The beautiful Norcross West marble quarry, now a famed swimming hole, is just one of more than thirty large once -active quarries around Dorset. From 1785, until just after World War I, the marble business extracted a total of 15,805,000 cubic feet of stone from some two dozen quarries. The marble was used for tombstones, sidewalks, and, most notably, large public buildings, including the New York Public Library, Boston's Temple Israel, and the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.
This permanent, yet always changing, exhibit explores the geology of marble, where the Dorset quarries were located (and why), how the marble was cut and extracted, what tools made the work possible, who did the work, who had the work done, and how they transported the marble to market.
Supplementing the exhibit is an outdoor scale representation of the incline railroad which serviced the Freedley Quarry from around 1868 until 1905.
Quarriers in 1905, standing on a 43-ton block of white marble from the Plateau Quarry in S. Dorset. The block became one of thirteen columns of the D.A. R. Continental Hall building in