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North Carolina Granite Quarry

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Address: Mount Airy, NC 27030
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More Than Just a Bunch of Rocks

A quarry that has been in full operation for 128 years and expected to last another 500 more without exhausting the supply. Stop by the main office during business hours to get... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janice S
Walterboro, South Carolina
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Walterboro, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quarry that has been in full operation for 128 years and expected to last another 500 more without exhausting the supply. Stop by the main office during business hours to get a write-up on the history and some of the notable projects using Mount Airy white granite...also a free coaster size piece of polished granite. Viewing area open 7... More 

Thank Janice S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The nice lady at the Mount Airy Visitor's Center encouraged us to visit this quarry. It is about 2 miles out of town but very easy to find. Just look for the large NCGQ sign out front. Turn left and drive a small distance to the quarry office on the left. Go inside and pick up a very interesting booklet... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

Having visited the Quarry last year, it was on my list to stop again this year. It is a very neat place where you can see the granite quarry from a viewing area. It was more active on my past visit than last year so I enjoyed watching the work being done. It is very impressive work.

1 Thank NCTraveler2015
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

There are no dedicated tourist facilities at the quarry, but a very interesting visit can be had with what is available. At the approach to the property, its logo is prominently presented in front of a granite residence. Adjacent on the way in, is a granite church building. One is tempted to wonder whether these two very attractive structures are... More 

1 Thank Ben_Theretoo406
Friendsville, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This is an impressive quarry. The history of it is very cool. The granite here is used in a lot of places.... Including our Capitol building and national monuments.

Thank brethrenchick
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Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Free and impressive drive up to be edge of an open granit mine. Hard to believe how big it is. Took some pictures. Quick stop. Cool.

Thank Lawrence N
Mount Airy
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Reviewed 29 April 2016

This is the largest, open pit granite quarry in the world. Granite from here has been used in constructing several buildings in our nation's capitol. There is a parking/viewing area and it is free! There is a great exhibit of the history of the quarry at the The Mount Airy Regional History Museum.

Thank Bruce A
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

The place is massive. They have 2 observation areas where you can watch all the activities in the pit. If you are there when they are blasting the noise and shaking will amaze you (they blast several times a day I was told). You can drive to the observation decks whenever the quarry is in operation (even weekends). The property... More 

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Lower Michigan
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

We did the car tour of the area and they stopped here. This was super cool to see this. We found it very interesting!

Thank MissMyDog
Nacogdoches, Texas
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

We were taken to the granite quarry by the squad car tour. Our tour guide explained how the quarry began and the historical side. The granite from this quarry provided granite for some of The Mall in Washington D.C. So many homes and churches have been built with the granite from this quarry. I think it is worth a look.

Thank Jeanne P

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