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History of Granite Use

Egyptians were the first known people to have used granite. The Great Pyramids of Cheops though built of limestone, were supposed to have been lined with a casing of smooth granite to give it an aesthetic appeal. Later over the years these were stolen to build homes and temples. Inside the pyramid the inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh was built totally of huge granite stones. Even today we can marvel at their craftsmanship, they were made to be so airtight you can’t even push paper through them.

The Romans saw many attributes to granite, durability, strength, and beauty. They paved their roads with granite. They also used granite in the construction of their famous public baths. Huge Roman columns too were made out of granite. One can still see them standing in the Pantheon in Rome. Better quarrying and fabrication techniques were discovered during the Renaissance period and this made people use granite more extensively in the building of homes, churches, palaces and monuments.

In India some of the oldest temples in the south are either entirely carved out of granite stone or built using granite bricks. The use of granite in ancient time in India was extensive and we see the examples even today in the excavations of old temples and buildings.

In the United Kingdom granite quarrying started in the late eighteenth century and was done on a large scale in the nineteenth century. The quarries were initially along the coastal regions, and the granite was transported by sea to the main urban areas. The major areas producing granite, Devon and Cornwall had been building homes and other building out of granite since pre-historic times. They eventually were shipping granite throughout the world. In 1817 the famous Waterloo Bridge was constructed out of Dart moor granite. Prince town granite was used for the construction of the London Bridge in 1831. In 1840 the retaining river embankments for the House of Parliament was built out of light gray granite from Devenshire. With the introduction of steam ships in the 1840, granite could be transported more easily and most of the docks throughout southern England were built out of the Cornish granite. From this time onwards granite was starting to be extensively used in building of monuments and buildings throughout southern England.

Britain has been home to granites, of variety of colors, vein patterns and textures. The quarries too were well known. For example the quarry in Aberdeen in 1741 was 90 meters deep and was known as “the deepest hole in Europe”.


The Granite Railway was one of the first railroads in the United States, built to carry granite from Quincy to a dock on the Neponset River in Milton, MA. From there boats carried the heavy stone to Charlestown for construction of the Bunker Hill Monument. The Granite Railway is popularly termed the first commercial railroad in the United States, as it was the first chartered railway to evolve into a common carrierwithout an intervening closure. The last active quarry closed in 1963; in 1985, the Metropolitan District Commission purchased 22 acres, including Granite Railway Quarry, as the Quincy Quarries Reservation.

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Granite Kitchens

Granite is popular to use in kitchens because of it’s durability, it’s resistance to stains, and it’s porosity. It’s also favored because of the look of granite. You can polish it up to the point where it looks just like marble. It’s a great substitute for marble, quartzite and limestone as a building material when remodeling your home.

Uses and Applications

You can build or remodel the kitchen with granite countertops, granite backsplashes, granite shelves, granite sinks, granite kitchen islands, granite tile flooring or granite tile walls. Granite can be purchased in slabs and cut down to a custom size, or in tile form. Using a contractor like Reliable, will assure that your kitchen is assembled the way you want.

Key Benefits

Granite is often used for kitchen remodeling and construction projects because it is a highly durable and versatile material, is easy to clean, and is visually attractive. Other key benefits of granite are that it does not harbor bacteria and is easy to sanitize, can be cut and formed into any shape including ovals, arches and squares, is relatively scratch-resistant, and can accommodate hot pans and pots without getting scorched or burned. Even more than other materials, Granite can add value to the home.


Several varieties of granite are available. These include biotite granite that has high concentrations of quartz, biotite, K-feldspar and plagioclase; hornblende granite that contains mica and hornblende, and Tourmaline granite that contains high concentrations of Tourmaline. Whether you’re investing in granite kitchen countertops or tile flooring, you can choose from hundreds of shades of granite that range from green, blue, purple, green, silver, ivory, gray and pink.


Unlike other kitchen surfaces, granite will not stain or dull over time. It is very low-maintenance and can be cleaned using regular household cleaners, soap and water. In addition to cleaning your granite surfaces on a regular basis, you may need to have a professional seal the surfaces using a special finish. The sealing process must be performed at least once per year to protect the granite from chipping and general wear and tear.

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About US

US-QUARRY, the best granite dealer in the country, has the granite you need Chelmsford,  Kitledge, Limestone, Marble, and Milford – from rough quarry blocks, finished cut-to-size dimension stone for building, architectural landscape, bridge cladding and piers, monuments, curbing products, and wide variety of landscape products.
Working closely with landscapers, architects, masons, contractors and homeowners, we offer New England’s largest variety of custom-sawn and natural stone products.
Quarrying and Fabrication of granite, ledge-stone and natural landscape products is our core business. US-QUARRY is considered by many architects and contractors as a preferred supplier and fabricator of natural and dimensional stone products.
Our cutting edge fabrication facility offers a variety of stone finishes and custom sawn products for any type of application: new construction (commercial and residential), renovations and restorations for both exterior and interior use and overall landscaping designs.
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The Stones We Use

Chelmsford Grey is a light grey stone of fine to medium grain, highlighted by small black flakes. On a large scale project this stone exhibits surprising subtle movement. It is a quiet stone of enduring beauty and strength that has been use in major building and civil projects including more recently the Federal Judicial Building and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and numerous major bridge projects throughout the eastern United States. US-Quarry Chelmsford Grey Quarry comprising approximately 140 acres located off route 40 in Westford, Massachusetts.. Today it is recognized across the nation for its achievements in wasteless extraction of dimension stone.


Kitledge Grey is a fine to medium grained salt and pepper colored stone. Its uniform graining and excellent workability make it a popular stone for almost any application. US-Quarry’s Kitledge Grey quarry, located approximately 80 acres off Armory Road in Milford, New Hampshire has been in continuous operation since the early 1900’s and was acquired by FGCL in 1992.


Mason is a finely grained stone of medium buff grey, with black mica sprinkled across its surface in a compact, even pattern. Mason is a majestic stone. With its small scale and warm tones, Mason may call to mind the texture of a Shetland tweed. Mason granite has been chosen for important buildings including many of the buildings on the campus of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the German History Museum in Berlin, Germany. US-Quarry’s Mason quarry located on approximately 218 acres off Starch Road in Mason, New Hampshire began production in the 1880’s and was acquired by FGCL in 1929.


Milford Pink is considered one of the great granites of North America because of its impressive character, particularly when quarryused in large areas. It has a subtle color clearly evident in its finished surface. In the rough state the pink shades to a warm light grey that distinguishes Milford Pink from the more typical grey stock. The stone is flecked with black mica in a wide and irregular pattern. Milford Pink has been used for over one-hundred-thirty years for major projects ranging from the Boston Public Library in the 1870’s to the Singapore International Airport in 2002. US-Quarry’s Milford Pink quarry located off Lumbar Street in Hopkinton, Massachusetts has been in operation since 1984 and was acquired by FGCL in 1994.


Tapestry is a highly variegated granite containing grey, pink, purple and black colors in swirling and irregular patterns. It is a unique stone with infinite variations. Tapestry is an elegant stone where flecks of silver and gold seem to sparkle against subtle tones on beige and gray. It is as strong as it is beautiful and is one of the few building granites that retains its color when flame finished. Tapestry is an exceptional building stone. Its color and random pattern allow architects a great measure of aesthetic flexibility. US-Quarry’s Tapestry quarry is located on approximately 80 acres in Milford, New Hampshire. This property has been operating as a quarry since the early 1900’s and was acquired by FGCL in 1992.



U-Quarry is a full service masonry company, specializing in the construction of commercial and industrial structures. Our focus has always been on providing our customers with quality service and impeccable craftsmanship. Through the years we have completed numerous projects in all different sectors of the commercial construction industry and even a couple of high end brick masonry homes. With every project, we are committed to quality and customer satisfaction. We take an extreme amount of pride in our final product and ensure that our reputation is unsurpassed. View some examples of our work and you will see why builders, general contractors, construction managers and owners have all trusted Reliable Stonework with their masonry needs time and time again.  For unparalleled quality, service and workmanship; turn to US-Quarry.


Masonry is the building of structures from individual units laid in and bound together by mortar; the term masonry can also refer to the units themselves. The common materials of masonry construction are brick, stone, marble, granite, travertine, limestone, cast stone, concrete block, glass block, stucco, and tile. Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can significantly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction. Masonry units, such as brick, tile, stone, glass brick or concrete block generally conform to the requirements specified in the 2003 International Building Code (IBC) Section 2103.


US-Quarry offers quality hardscaping services to customers throughout New England and the surrounding areas. When you’re looking to enhance your your property with the best stonework and masonry in New England, we’re the people you turn to.

Our Custom Stone Work Services Include:

  • Tile
  • Stone fireplaces
  • Walkways and patios
  • Brickwork
  • Retaining walls
  • Cultured stone
  • Landscape design and installation

Our friendly and experienced staff is here to answer any and all of your landscaping questions. Give us a call to see what we can help you!

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