Local Historical Societies Present “The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad” on Feb. 19

Event details

  • Wednesday | February 19, 2014
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The quarry in South Dorset today is a favorite swimming hole in the summer, but a little over a hundred years ago the marble used in the construction of the New York Public Library was carved from its depths. Over 42,000 tons of white marble from the Norcross–West quarry were needed for the interior and exterior walls, floors, vaults and columns and even the iconic lions, an order that revived the long-idled marble quarrying industry and created a new railroad line.

The Manchester and Dorset Historical Societies will host a talk by railroad expert Bill Badger on the history and legacy of the 5.9 mile-long railroad line built during one of the severest winters in Vermont to efficiently transport the marble to the main railroad line at Manchester Depot. “The History of the Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad” will be held Wednesday, February 19, at 7 pm at Long Trail School in Dorset.