SVM to Host Quarry Tour
Explore one of the area’s slate quarries on a guided tour of Newmont Slate on Friday, June 8, at 1:30 p.m. Participants will meet at the museum first for a brief overview of what to expect on the tour. Newmont Slate was formed from what was once the Granville Slate Company, started by the railroad magnate Jay Gould. Incorporated in 1994, Newmont is one of the largest and most modern facilities in the slate industry. Owners Jack and Bob Williams take pride in their Welsh heritage and the innovative ways they meet the demand for the slate roofing products they produce. The company holds patents on numerous slate roofing products and applications, and supports an active research and development department. Their widely acclaimed process has been used on historically significant properties including the guest house for the White House in Washington, DC.
Reservations for the tour are required; participants should plan for the weather and wear clothing appropriate for hiking. Since the tour will take place in an industrial environment, boots are recommended; open-toed shoes are not permitted. Participants should bring water, sunscreen and bug repellent. Those with mobility issues will be able to see some of the quarry from their car, but walks into the quarry will be on unpaved, dirt roads used for heavy lifting equipment. In the chance of extreme weather, participants will be notified of cancellation. Those interested in participating can call SVM at 518-642-1417 to reserve their spot. The cost is $10 per person. The Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water Street in Granville, N.Y. For details, visit slatevalley museum.org.