This summer I’m looking forward to spending some time at the Dorset Quarry. Mined in 1785, the Dorset Quarry on Route 30 in Dorset is the oldest marble quarry in the United States. It’s now a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors in southern Vermont.

Although the quarry is located on private property, public access is allowed. As a teenager I spent countless afternoons there with my friends. But the Dorset Quarry is more than just a fun hangout for high school kids (regarding my adolescent antics, I plead the fifth.). On a summer afternoon, you’ll also find adults, families and couples enjoying what is one of the best swimming holes in Vermont.


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