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Vermont Marble Museum open for the season

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The Vermont Marble Museum opened for the season Saturday.

"Marble is one of the key stones of Vermont and it's one of the key stones in our nation," said Victoria Young of the Vermont Marble Museum.

Marble was celebrated Saturday at the opening of the Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor. The museum, located in a wing of one of the former Vermont Marble Company buildings, honors the history of the industry, with 17 exhibits. Those who currently work in the marble industry say appreciating the history is important.

"The amount of work that was done in Proctor in the past was so immense that to be involved with the future of it is pretty exciting," said Brent Wilson from the Proctor Marble Company.

Some young visitors found the exhibits exciting too, and educational, like the Hall of Presidents that honors each past U.S. President in hand carved Vermont Danby White and Vermont Statuary White Marble from West Rutland.

"Because I learned names of presidents that I didn't know," said Dezmond Krakowa of Rutland.

There's also a geological and historical exhibit that tells the story of quarrying and has...

"This big T-Rex!!" explains young Anthony Lear.

But the fun started even before walking in the front door - visitors could take the historic Vermont railway to travel round trip from the Rutland Amtrak Station to the museum. Passengers paid a ticket price of $12 that included admission. Museum officials say the money raised helps continue the celebration of a legacy that is crucial to understanding the economic history of our state and beyond.

"The appreciation of the history of this state, and the role that Vermont has played in the growth of this country," said Young.

An art form hundreds of years old that is still an important part of the Green Mountain State today.

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