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Site History

Jones Brothers Site
The former Jones Brothers Company, a monument granite dealership founded in 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts, expanded to include both a manufacturing plant and quarry in Barre, Vermont. Once considered to be “the largest granite manufacturing plant in the world,” the Jones Brothers Company had over 600 employees and occupied 100,000 square feet of operational space until it closed in 1975. Built in 1895, The original 30,000 square feet building is a straight granite shed design with two overhead cranes that were originally powered by a dam and turbines from the adjacent river. The building has unique cathedral-like lighting from almost two hundred windows. Our shed is considered to be a significant historic site by the state’s Division for Historic Preservation, and is named by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of “America’s Treasures”. This 12-acre parcel is both highly visible at the main gateway to the city on Route 302 and quietly nestled along the Stevens Branch of the Winooski River.

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