Site of The Bemis Granite Quarry – Sawyer River, Hart’s Location
Abandoned Bemis Granite Quarry – I recently photographed the forgotten Bemis Granite Quarry in Hart's Location, New Hampshire. This quarry, located along the Sawyer River (above), is small when compared to other quarries, such as the Redstone Granite Quarry, but the history attached to it is fascinating.
When most people hear mention of the Sawyer River valley, they automatically associate it with the Sawyer River Railroad and the village of Livermore. But before the logging railroad took over the Sawyer River valley in the 1870s Dr. Samuel Bemis quarried granite from land, which he owned at the time, along the Sawyer River during the 1860s to build his granite mansion in Hart’s Location.
Redstone Granite Quarry – Conway, New Hampshire
Redstone Granite Quarry, New Hampshire – The Redstone Granite Quarry is an abandoned quarry at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain in Redstone, New Hampshire (part of the town of Conway). The quarry opened in the late eighteen hundreds, closed in the nineteen forties and at one time employed over three hundred men. The history of the quarry has been well documented, so I will show you the actual quarry site.
The village of Redstone was originally a company town built by the Maine and New Hampshire Granite Co. It had a church, boarding house, housing for employees, post office, railroad station, school, and numerous other buildings. The green and pink granite harvested from the Redstone Quarry can still be found in buildings and monuments throughout New England and beyond.