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At first these were sold to itinerant stonecutters who traveled with wagonloads of them, stopping at farmhouses, where family burial plots were common. They would sell the stones and stay to carve the inscriptions. Page 6 Later, stone was carried by oxcart and horse-drawn wagons to the Champlain and Hudson Canal landing, from which it could be shipped by boat. With the opening of the small Manchester, Dorset, and Granville Railroad (whose initials caused it to be known locally as the Mud, Dirt, and Gravel Railroad), stone was carried south to Manchester Depot, where it was cut into blocks and column segments before shipping to building sites.

It is now a restaurant where patrons have lunch at the counter or seated on old cast-iron and wooden slat benches. Pottery artist Marion Waldo McChesney has her studio and salesroom on the ground floor of the brick house opposite Mach's, and Georganna Alexopoulos sells her exuberant hand-painted pottery from one of the old porched buildings across Route 30. The mill wheel at the dam across the street has been restored, and from the bridge, you get a good view of the narrow gorge worn by Flower Brook.

It was here that the columns were cut for the New York Public Library, whose facing stone also came from the Norcross-West quarry. If you look around the parking area of J. K. Adams woodworking factory, just south of Dorset village on Route 30, you will see the remains of the blocks from which these library columns were cut. (J. K. Adams is worth a stop to shop for cutting boards, salad bowls, countertops, and other fine wooden accessories. ) In 1851, the main railway line opened to Dorset, passing through the eastern of the two valleys and the village of East Dorset, where by this time several more quarries had opened.

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