Amazingly, some of our visitors come to Millstone Hill hoping to do more than just experience Vermont’s best recreation trail network! For those looking for that quintessential Vermont Experience, Central Vermont is an ideal destination. The Twin Cities of Barre and Montpelier, Vermont’s state capital, offer many lodging, restaurant and cultural experiences.
Millstone Hill is located in Barre, Vermont’s third largest city. One of the state’s most historic and colorful localities, Barre has an excellent collection of historic architecture and beautiful granite sculpture.
Once one of 75 independent operators, Rock of Ages is today the only active quarrying operation on Millstone Hill and the owner of much of the land that you will be exploring when on the trails. One of the top 5 tourist destinations in Vermont for almost 100 years, the new state of the art Visitors Center at Rock of Ages is an excellent way to see what granite quarrying on Millstone Hill is all about today.
Considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in America, Hope Cemetery is actually Barre’s outdoor art museum. As the center of the finest granite sculpting in America for over 100 years, Barre has produced many of the monuments in Washington DC, as well as most of the finest Civic Monuments and funerary art in America. Hope Cemetery is a pastoral setting for a large number of very personal tombstones produced by and for the nations premier granite sculptors.
Thanks to the passion for Opera by Barre’s once dominant Italian community, The Opera House was constructed above Barre’s imposing City Hall and after careful restoration is today one of Vermont’s finest live performance venues. An ongoing and diverse offering of music and stage performances are held there throughout the year.
As a result of the many granite sculptors who have called it home for over 100 years, Barre has one of the largest per capita concentration of artists in American. Studio Place Arts(SPA) is a very active community arts center that features local and state artists in many diverse media.
The quantity and quality of mountain bike trails that have been developed in Central Vermont over the last few years is quite amazing and is sure to increase Vermont’s reputation as the premier mountain biking destination in the east. Millstone Hill is uniquely situated in the geographic center of Vermont’s best trail networks and is the perfect choice to base your Vermont Mountain Biking experience. Conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstate 89, US Rt. 302, US Rt. 2, and Vt. Rt. 110 and 14, it is also within an hour’s drive of most of the major mountain biking networks in Vermont. Base your mountain biking holiday at Millstone Hill and spend several other days exploring Kingdom Trails or one of the other exciting mountain biking networks being developed in Central Vermont.
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