Barre, Vermont: Granite Capital of the World
Barre is a small city in Vermont, just a few miles east of Montpelier. The City of Barre sits atop one of the world’s best sources of high-quality granite. After a boom in the late 1800s, Barre became a center of quality craftsmanship. To this day, it remains a great place to see some amazing granite sculptures. There are a couple of nice memorials downtown, but the best spot to look at the sculptures is Hope Cemetery, just north of the city. I went to Barre in December 2011 and took some pictures, with a fresh coat of show on the ground.
Note: I have decided to forgo snarky captions on this set of pictures, out of respect for the dead. May they rest in peace.
Some people may think it’s morbid, or even disrespectful, to go to a cemetery and photograph the graves of people I’ve never met. I certainly don’t mean it that way. As a student of history, I spend a lot of time thinking about the past, and how people who lived back many years ago were still just people like you and me. I think it’s good to be reminded of our own mortality and our own place in history. I hope you do too.