Mount Airy, NC- Surry County
World’s Largest Open Faced Granite Quarry
This quarry covers around 90 acres. It’s a mile long, and has been in operation since 1889. Geological mapping shows the total mass to cover 7 x 4 miles, 6,000 to 8,000 feet deep. It’s said that granite will be harvested here for hundreds to thousands of years. Granite from this quarry was used to build the National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC, among other monuments and buildings, and there’s a church at the entrance to the quarry that was built with granite from it. The quarry can be seen by astronauts from space.
We have provided some links below on the quarry. Have fun reading!!!