Freedlyville Ice Quarry

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:32 pm
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We paid a little visit to the Freedlyville Quarry, an abandoned marble quarry located north of Manchester, VT. Opened in 1790, it measures an impressive 200 by 600 feet (60 by 180 meters). Flooded portions freeze during the winter, forming a natural ice rink until early summer. Or, as we call it around here, the new winter.

More photos below. Click on any of the thumbnails to open a larger view, or check the full-screen Flickr slideshow.

Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 01.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 01.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 02.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 02.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 03.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 03.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 04.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 04.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 05.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 05.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 06.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 06.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 07.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 07.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 08.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 08.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 09.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 09.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 10.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 10.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 11.jpg by sebastien.barre
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 11.jpg by sebastien.barre

The cave is a popular spot for skating. I can’t skate to save my life; truth is, I would still be splattered somewhere in this quarry if I hadn’t brought spikes that day. Heed my advice, friends.

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While we all had our tripods handy, I don’t think we managed to get a picture that properly conveys how thick the black, translucent ice is (somebody else did though). I would venture 3 to 6 feet, with beautiful air bubbles frozen in time on their way to the surface.

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Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 05.jpg

I couldn’t find a good enough friend to stand directly below for scale, but these stalactites and dripstones in the photo above are about 15 feet tall. The one at the entrance of the cave, displayed in the post header, is much larger.

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I wouldn’t want these blocks to land anywhere near me, and yet it felt as if they had crash-landed the day before — check the blue soda can to the right for scale.

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This opening in the picture below was vertigo inducing; a good 150+ feet vertical.

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Unfortunately, the cave has been vandalized a lot. For this reason, and per request as well, I set the geo-location attached to the pictures to the town of Dorset, VT — close enough.

Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 09.jpg
Freedlyville Ice Quarry - Dorset, VT - 2014, Mar - 10.jpg

Thanks to Justin for pointing out this quarry, and to Darren and Paul, below, for letting me join.

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The Ice Quarry in Dorset, VT
Ice Quarry is... well... icy.

More photos

Check Patrick’s project, An Occasional Experimental Underground Music Festival, for recent experiments in this location. There is a lot more to read on the List of Quarries in Vermont page too, in the Freedley Marble section.

Darren’s pictures on Flickr:

Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk
Quarry Take 2 by nerradk

Some good shots and panoramas by Michael P Bartlett in his photoset on Flickr:

Mine Pano 1B - Copy
DSC_0073 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0073 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0068 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0068 by Michael P Bartlett
Mine Pano 1B - Copy - Copy by Michael P Bartlett
Mine Pano 1B - Copy - Copy by Michael P Bartlett
Mine Pano 1B - Copy by Michael P Bartlett
Mine Pano 1B - Copy by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0053 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0053 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0052 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0052 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0037 by Michael P Bartlett
DSC_0037 by Michael P Bartlett

The quarry makes for a nice pool too when it thaws (I guess), as seen in J. Van hoesen‘s photoset in July 2011:

Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen
Freedlyville Quarry in Dorset, VT by J. Van hoesen

Ice skaters give you a sense of scale; see more photos by Yun & Rich:

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freedlyville-yun0002 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0002 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0003 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0003 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0004 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0004 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0005 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0005 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0006 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0006 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0007 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0007 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0008 by Yun & Rich
freedlyville-yun0008 by Yun & Rich

Looking through the ice, by C S on Flickr:

Afternoon Ice

Frozen bubbles, by rocknrollvt on Flickr:

Freedleyville Quarry - 17

Another photoset by Flickr user winsto99:

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02 by winsto99
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04 by winsto99
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01 by winsto99
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05 by winsto99
06 by winsto99
06 by winsto99
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03 by winsto99
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07 by winsto99

A YouTube video by Peter Olguin:

Tags: cave, dorset, quarry

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