It is a beautiful day again, but Sue made us get up early, again! After a very nice breakfast, we headed out for Graniteville, Vermont to Rock of Ages. It’s a granite quarry. It was amazing! Some didn’t want to get too close to the fence – just in case! Jerry was very knowledgeable. When we returned from the quarry, we were able to go into the factory. There were actually a number of people working and it was great to see what they were doing. Some made it to the granite bowling lane. Everyone made it to the visitor’s center. Many watched the movie and did some retail therapy.
Rock of Ages Granite Quarry
Larry, Corky, Mary Jo, Paula, and Doug
We had lunch at Millstone Lodge. Marty tried to pull up to the lodge but a wire was hanging too low. So he pulled up to the side of the road and Pierre came out and said he would be ok. It is an old dairy barn that has been renovated and is now a B & B. We were served lunch in the original barn area. It is so unique. The tables were set with “antique” dishes. How fun is this going to be!?
We were immediately served lunch. Delicious salad and rolls. Everything was served family style, a baked chicken and mostaccioli, which is a local dish. How neat to eat local favorites. We topped it off with coffee, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and yummy chocolate brownies. We are all in heaven.
Pierre, the owner, told us the history of the Millstone Lodge and about the area. First it was a barn and then renovated into a private family home before Pierre turned it into the B & B. The outside views were incredible.
Pierre telling us about lunch and history of the area.
Sue got the bright idea to take a group picture. It was a beautiful day. It took a while to get all of us ready for the picture. Hopefully it will be a good picture!
On to Hope Cemetery. Eileen met us and jumped on our coach to give us a tour. It was so interesting. Eileen is very informative and knows a great deal about the cemetery. What a beautiful place with all the monuments made from Barre granite. We stopped at a mausoleum and saw the stained glass window and the altar. Impressive! There were some very unique monuments; soccer ball, bi-plane, racing car, a set of 2 pyramids, and so much more. Eileen shared several interesting stories. She was so excited to tell us about the cemetery. Everyone certainly enjoyed this tour.
Lenora and Paula
Now it’s on to Montpelier, Vermont. Montpelier is the smallest capital city in the United States. Our first stop was at the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. Burr led us into the Sugar shack. Boy did we have fun! We needed the wake up. He told us about sugarin’ and slipped in a few humorous side notes – ok he slipped in a lot. We especially liked the slide of his dad standing in the mud in the spring. He said it was pretty deep – actually his dad was standing on Burr’s shoulders!
Burr at Morse Maple Sugarworks
Enjoying Burr’s talk about Maple Syrup
Then we headed to the front of the gift shop and had sugar on snow. Yummy. We put about a quarter size drop of maple syrup on shaved ice. Then swirled it around with a fork and ate it like a piece of candy. It was good. We had coffee and doughnut holes which we dipped in syrup. Good! If it got too sweet, you ate a pickle. We had fun with this little adventure.
Tom, Patty, Doug, Paula, Mary Jo, and Dennis enjoying Sugar on Snow
Then it was on to do a little retail therapy. Many purchased good maple syrup to take home. Some are going to order it on the internet. Some picked up Burr’s book. Good winter reading. We all really enjoyed the visit. Even though most were full, some even had maple soft serve.
We continued on into Montpelier where Marty drove us around the “little” capital. We saw their capital building which was very lovely. Morse Farm has a miniature replica of the capital building on their farm. It is really a very pleasant and vibrant community. It didn’t take us long to visit the city and we were on the road again. The sun is shining and the colors are lovely.
We headed to Rutland to our Hampton Inn for the night. We will all be glad for a lite dinner and bed!