Barre Granite

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Barre Granite
Stratigraphic range: Devonian
Barre Granite
Type igneous
Primary granite
Region New England
Extent Vermont
Type section
Named for Barre Township, Washington County, Vermont
Named by C. H. Richardson, 1902[1]
The E. L. Smith Quarry, where the Barre Granite is mined
Another view of the quarry

The Barre Granite /ˈbæri/ is a Devonian granite pluton near the town of Barre in Washington County, Vermont. Richardson described it as a "fine granite, composed of quartz, feldspar, and mica. The mica is both muscovite and biotite."[1] It intrudes into the Waits River Formation.[2]

Building and sculpting stone

The granite is mined at the E. L. Smith Quarry, owned by the Rock of Ages Corporation. "Barre Gray" granite is sought after worldwide for its fine grain, even texture, and superior weather resistance.

Many sculpture artists prefer it for outdoor sculpture.[3] Sculptor Frank Gaylord used it for the United States Korean War Memorial at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea. The piece was dedicated under the auspices of the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2013.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Richardson, C.H., 1902, The terranes of Orange County, Vermont: Vermont State Geologist Report, no. 3, pp. 61–101. scanned version at
  2. ^ Walsh, G.J. and Satkoski, A.M., 2005, Surface gamma-ray survey of the Barre West quadrangle, Washington and Orange Counties, Vermont: U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report SIR-2005-5276, scale 1:100000.
  3. ^ Rich, Jack C., 1988, Materials and Methods of Sculpture, Dover Publications
  4. ^ "Dedication of the U.S. Korean War Memorial in Busan, South Korea on July 28". Events:. American Battle Monuments Commission. 22 July 2013. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. This is the third memorial commemorating the Korean War created by ABMC. 
  5. ^ Korean War Monument at Busan Archived 2013-10-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Delcore, David (September 28, 2013). "Barre granite is new, unique memorial in South Korea". Vermont Today. Rutland Herald. 

Coordinates: 44°9′8″N 72°29′2″W / 44.15222°N 72.48389°W / 44.15222; -72.48389