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Quincy Quarries Reservation - A Multi-Colored, Open-Air Museum of Sorts!

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While working on a feature for Norwich Magazine recently, I spent some time wandering around Quincy, Massachusetts, Boston's immediate southern suburb on the opposite side of the Neponset River. Now known as the "City of Presidents" being that John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and John Hancock - a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence - were all born there, once upon a time Quincy had a different nickname.  Home to a thriving granite industry and also the site of the Granite Railway, the United States' first commercial railroad, for many years Quincy was known as "The Granite City" from more than a century.

The use of granite in Quincy began when English colonists utilized granite from the gray stone ledges in town for the building of foundations, wharves, doorsteps, stone walls, and even King's Chapel in Boston which was constructed in 1754 from granite boulders that had been dug up in Quincy then s…