Rock Bearing Witness….

Rock bears witness
To What Has Taken Place,
Rock bears witness
To What Has Been Taken From Place.
-Leslie Bartlett, April 2015rock bears witness

Tub Chippers at Granite Pier

This painting is by Margaret Howard Yeaton Hoyt (mother to Wm. Hoyt, one time curator  & benefactor  at SBHS).

The scene depicts two paving stone cutters working granite and “chipping” rough edges into their wooden chip tub. Typically at lunch time we would find one of their children, who after delivering the lunch pail, would spend time emptying out the chips from the tub.

Fading into the background, we have a cascade of paving cutter sheds lining the top edge of old Granite Pier in Rockport, Ma. [For many years this painting hung in the basement of the SBHS, in what was originally the ‘Granite Museum.’ Overtime the frame, backing and painting acquired mold, when I realized  who the painter was, the painting was moved out for possible restoration.]


Image courtesy of SBHS

The Reach of Cape Ann Granite -II- Newark, NJ

Erected in 1912, the  National State Bank of Newark NJ, featured a base of grey granite and monolith Sea Green Granite Columns.

These perspectives images of building and monument examples resulting from Rockport Granite Company contracts, were acquired by the SBHS in summer 2013. The cataloging, description and identification (where necessary) of each photo has been undertaken by Leslie D. Bartlett as part of his on-going research into the era of quarrying granite on Cape Ann. Often the photos do indicate the type of granite and historical location. It is of interest to note as well that duplicate copies have been found for many of the buildings. I believe that this allowed the Rockport Granite Company to assemble a marketing kit of examples to present to potential clients.


The Reach of Cape Ann Granite – Seaboard National Bank, N.Y., N.Y.

Over time, as the era of pure granite building was superseded by steel beam construction, the sea green granite from Blood Ledge remained a showcase for architectural accomplishment and prowess. This is the first post of a successive series  which catalogs the reach of Cape Ann Granite. The entire base is of Cape Ann Gray and it is highlighted by 9 polished columns of Sea Green Granite.