Dorset Quarry is a former marble quarry which closed when a spring was hit and the giant marble tub was filled with water. The equipment stills sits 60 feet down at the bottom. In true Vermont class and style, the owner allows the public to swim and dive. He warns that he will close it down if anyone ever behaves inappropriately.
Dorset Quarry opened in the 1780s and was the first commercial marble quarry in the US. The lovely green and blue streaked Dorset marble was used for the New York Public Library, mansions on 5th Avenue, gravestones, banks and countless other buildings. Nothing lives in the water as it is essentially a giant bath tub fed by a spring which makes it an ideal swimming location.
South Dorset, VT 05251
(Near Kelley Road and Snow Road)
VIDEOS OF KIDS CLIFF DIVING
(you may want to mute your volume)
THE QUARRY WHEN IN OPERATION
If swimming in a living Norman Rockwell painting hasn’t quenched your thirst for Vermont. How about an authentic general store built over a gorge and a wood-fired pizzeria featuring local ingredients (and vegan options)?
(photography by C.A. Moss, unless otherwise noted)