Running approximately 24 miles along the border between New York and Vermont, the Slate Valley has been a source of slate since 1848 and is the only place in the world where such a wide variety of slate colors can be found. Over the past 160 years, this industry, which relied heavily on immigrant labor, has seen success, downturn, and finally a resurgence that continues to the present.
On this tour, we will explore the history and process of slate quarrying at the Slate Valley Museum. We will then look at examples of the way slate is used during a walking tour of Granville. Finally, we’ll visit Newmont Slate Company, one of the nearly 30 quarries in operation today to see first-hand how the stone is processed into roofing slate.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.
FEE: $40 for members and $50 for non-members.