Quarry Tour

Hosted By: 

Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation
Learn about the history of stone quarrying in America and tour of the Babson Farm Quarry! Halibut Point itself is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now cascade from rocky headlands to the abundant tidal pools below. The panorama encompasses views from Crane Beach in Ipswich to Mount Agamenticus in Maine and the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire. Starting in the 1840s, granite began to be quarried from the area around Halibut Point, first primarily along the coast on a small scale and then on a much larger scale when the Rockport Granite Company acquired the Babson Farm Quarry and expanded its operation. The Park Interpreter will utilize various locations on the trail and around quarry to explain how granite was quarried. Specific lessons include the splitting of granite with traditional quarry tools.

Special Instructions: 

Parking costs $5 per vehicle. Park entrance is opposite the parking lot, the bulletin board is between them.



Facility Features: 

Event Telephone: 


16 Gott Ave., Rockport, MA, 01930

Driving Directions: 

I-95 to Rte-128N towards Gloucester/Rockport. Cross Annisquam River Bridge, and at the 1st rotary, take the 3rd Exit onto Washington St./Rte-127N. Follow Rte-127N (Annisquam & Pigeon Cove). After ~6 mi, turn left onto Gott Ave at park sign (and The Old Farm Inn). Parking costs $5 per vehicle. Park entrance is opposite the parking lot. Program meets at parking lot bulletin board.