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“Vermont Marble Museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vermont Marble Museum

Vermont Marble Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Proctor
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Owner description: Vermont Marble Museum is a hidden gem in Vermont! Come and discover how many buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C. have been built with Vermont marble. Learn about geology in our "Earth Alive" discovery room. Try your hand at marble sculpting with Allen Dwight - resident sculptor.See the original blueprints for the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" - and see the award winning film about the quarrying and carving of the Tomb.
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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“Vermont Marble Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is a wonderful museum with a lot of information and history to absorb. There is a wonderful gift shop to shop and explore. It is definitely worth visiting!

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Well worth the visit; the museum could use historical balance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

This museum is, on the one hand, and valuable reflection on a key Vermont industry that has influenced not just the environs, but the country. There's a great exhibit on the use of marble, its importance to national architecture, the Vermont Marble Company, and mining. On the other hand, short shrift is given to its own labor history, or reflection on the company and the labor movement. For example, the historical film and exhibit scarcely mention that most of its labor received no cash for payment, and essentially remained in debt to the company as they rented their homes and bought their goods from the company. A tiny poster refers to a nine month strike in which workers sought greater pay and an opportunity to escape their crushing circumstances, which was suppressed by the company and resulted in no gain to the workers. Finally, now that the company has been purchased by a large Swiss chemical conglomerate, there is a cheesy exhibit by that company on the great virtues of calcium carbonate. While I heartily recommend this museum, if you compare it, for example, to the Hershey museum, it doesn't really do credit to the folks that worked there, and the social, political, and economic circumstances of those that made the quarry and the company actually work.

Visited August 2013
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VermontMarble, Owner at Vermont Marble Museum, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for your input - beginning 2014, we will be a non-profit, affiliated with the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Going forward, we hope to delve more into the history of the immigrant and local population that worked at the company, document their lives and track their descendants. Almost 1/4 of museum visitors have relatives that worked for the company in one of the many offices across the United States! We can't wait until we can move in this direction - so make sure to visit us again!
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Fairborn, Ohio
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“Interesting History and Displays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Nice museum with many displays showing the origin and history of marble in Vermont. Lots of art work with contributions from the sculptor in residence. He'll also demonstrate the steps in carving and finishing artwork. The large display of entire marble rooms and walls was impressive. Lots to buy in the gift shop too. You'll see marble used throughout this quiet little town.

Visited August 2013
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Dagsboro, Delaware
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“Great Displays on Marble, Mining, and History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

There is so much marble in Proctor, Vermont that even the bridge over the creek looks like it belongs in Washington D.C! We enjoyed the displays showing the history of the company, the geology of marble, and significant uses shown for the marble including the tomb of the unknown soldier. An artist-in-residence was working away and took the time to talk to us about some of the fine points of sculpting with the product. He offers a number of beautiful objects for sale as does also the large gift shop. There are several videos that show fascinating tid-bits about the history of marble making on site. Many examples of statuary and how they were made are shown as well. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
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VermontMarble, Owner at Vermont Marble Museum, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Thank you for your input, Allen Dwight has been our resident sculptor at the museum for 36 years. He is a wealth of knowledge, and a talented and acknowledged sculptor - we have been very lucky to have him be a part of the museum. He has a wonderful gallery of his sculptures for sale, and will be happy to explain his inspiration!
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Rutland, Vermont, United States
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“So much History about Marble in Vermont”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The VT Marble Museum has so much history about the marble industry in VT. You can see a movie to start and than tour the building with so many things made of Marble. I think one of the greatest is the Hall of Presidents. They have bust of the Presidents in one of the rooms. You learn how many buildings in our nations capitol are made from Marble that came from Vermont.

Visited August 2012
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