|In Barre, which claims to be the Granite Capitol of the World, we visited the Rock of Ages Granite company visitors’ center and had a tour of their massive granite quarry. The granite deposit in this area is miles long and wide and is several thousand feet thick. It is calculated to last in excess of 450 years at the current rate of production.
We also visited the local Hope cemetery to see the many locally quarried and carved granite tombstones. This is a world known cemetery do to the number of beautiful locally produced markers.
Next we visited the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks where we learned how genuine pure maple syrup is made. Sugar maple tree sap is collected through miles of clear soft plastic tubbing that is strung suspended above ground through the forest of trees. It takes the sap from three trees to equal one gallon of syrup with each tap producing about 15 gallons of sap. Flow of the sap through the network of tubes is encouraged by vacuum which draws it to collection points or tanks. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of finished syrup. The sap is boiled down to produce 4 different grades of syrup.
We then drove thru Montpelier, VT. where we encountered a very liberal biking group of about 40 people. Photo attached. After this sighting we hurried on to New Hampshire.