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Slate Valley Museum, Granville

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The Slate Valley region extends for 24 miles along the New York/Vermont border - from Granville, NY and Rupert, VT north to Fair Haven, VT. Slate deposits were discovered here in the 1800s and a strong slate industry was established, with over 400 quarry sites following the slate vein. An estimated 35 slate quarries continue to this day, providing all of the colored roofing slate produced in the United States, including Vermont gray, variegated purple, unfading green, Vermont black, unfading red and other variations.

The Slate Valley Museum offers an exciting range of programs, exhibitions, and special events that share its mission to collect, catalog, conserve, exhibit, and interpret materials, artifacts, machines, and information that demonstrate the geology of slate and the history of slate quarrying and the quarrying community in the Slate Valley of New York and Vermont. Visit our website for a full schedule of exhibitions and events.

Customized programs can be arranged for school groups and motorcoach tours.
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  • The docent, Chris was very enthusiastic and informative.His shared information about the very interesting WPA mural at the museum and let us see it. 
    The docent, Chris was very enthusiastic and informative.His shared information about the very interesting WPA mural at the museum and let us see it.  more »
  • Granville is considered the colored slate capital of the country. The museum shows many exhibits related to slate and its uses. Worth a visit if you are in the area. A fascinating subject. 
    Granville is considered the colored slate capital of the country. The museum shows many exhibits related to slate and its uses. Worth a visit if you are in the area. A fascinating subject.  more »
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  • i really enjoyed the history of the museum. It is not a large museum but one gains an appreciation for the skill and hardwork that is and was involved. There is an historic mural depicting the progression of slate mining. The upcoming festival of lights will be a delight dor young and old. the gift shop was reasonable prices. The highlight of the museum is the friendly staff! There is an immediate bond formed. They give a talk if you want it and since they have lived there it is an attachment. Highly recommend this place.
  • Not only for out of towners, something for everyone here. A wonderfully displayed collection telling the story of slate and the industry tied to it. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It's evident to see the love that the curators have for slate in the way there museum is set up. They also have many events throughout the month, and year, some as fund raisers some free to attend. Their festival of trees at Christmas time is stunning!!

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