Here at DeFeo Materials, we source the best New Hampshire quarries for the highest quality stone and bring it all together to offer you a wide range of stone types, shapes, and colors. When you see beautiful decorative river rock in a landscape you may not be thinking of how this stone was discovered, blasted, and transported. These quarries are where that all begins.
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1. Burke Quarry
In 1946 Gordon T. Burke started Gordon T. Burke General Contracting which specialized in building and in site development in the Mt. Washington Valley and beyond. The quarry produces high-quality ledge Pak (gravel) and crushed stone materials in a state-of-the-art facility that streamlines the process for drivers and contractors alike.
2. St. Pierre, Inc. Sand and Gravel
Paul and Rolande St. Pierre founded St. Pierre, Inc. in Charlestown, New Hampshire in 1959 with a farm tractor and a small dump truck. Today, their crushing and screening plants produce over 40 different types of aggregate—from sand and loam to gravel and stone products.
3. Tilton Sand & Gravel Quarry
Owned by Pike Industries, this quarry is located just off state route 140, and is one of many quarries in the Pike aggregate production division. Pike currently operates over 40 asphalt plants and 20 crushing facilities throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.
4. Hudson Quarry
Located in Allenstown New Hampshire, this stone quarry also doubles as a landscape and masonry supply yard, and one of the largest in New England. Both mason professionals and local homeowners have come to depend on Hudson Quarry for their masonry construction needs.
5. Hilltop Quarry
located at 653 Route 25C in Piermont, NH. provides landscaping rocks for all types of landscaping projects. This stone supplier is a Presby family owned business. Presby Construction Inc. is a construction, masonry, and quarrying company. When it originated in 1948 the company was primarily an excavation company with minimal employees. Due to the constant growth of the company through the years the operation now includes septic designs, septic installations and site work as well as construction of residential homes and commercial buildings and employs approximately 40 skilled workers.
6. Kittredge Quarry (Barretto's Quarry)
According to The Granite Town history, in 1891 the quarry was sold to Charles W. Stevens and Edward G. Kittredge. Later in its history in 1954 it became known as the Barretto Corporation. The granite business reached its peak between 1890 and 1930. Along with the Burns/ Kittredge/Barretto quarry. It has been in continuous operation since the early 1900’s. Acquired by Fletcher Granite in 1992. However, according to different sources, it is unclear if the Fletcher Granite company still operates the quarry.
There you have it, our shortlist of New Hampshire quarries that we will add to for years to come. If you want a one stop shop instead of bouncing from quarry to quarry and dealing with their limited hours and product, contact us here at DeFeo Materials and speak with one of our friendly landscape design experts.
New Hampshire Quarries and What They Produce
What Are Quarries and What Do They Do?
A quarry is essentially a type of mine that is used to extract stones and such that will be repurposed into building materials. Quarries belong to a group of mines called open pit mines.The reasoning for this name resides in the fact that these mines are open to Earth’s surface. Quarries in New Hampshire are no different than your average quarry. They exist to dig up any stone-related material that would commonly be used in construction. New Hampshire, however, does have more of certain types of quarries than other states.
What Are the Most Common Materials Found in New Hampshire Quarries?
The types of materials that New Hampshire quarries specialize in are river rocks, limestone and granite, which isn’t dissimilar to other quarries in other states, but they have a fairly large number of quarries of these three types just generally speaking. While Granite is a specific naturally occurring rock, river rocks is a bit more nebulous of a name. River rocks are round stones that appear to have been rounded and smoothed by erosion and weathering thanks to running water. Many believe that river rock is directly produced from rivers or lakes. However, round stone comes from deposits left behind, beside rivers from glaciers. These glaciers moved the river bottoms and deposited the minerals and stone nearby. DeFeo Materials offers a wide variety of river rock types and colors. Limestone is in abundance in New Hampshire. Limestone is a source of lime (calcium oxide), which is used in steel manufacturing, mining, paper production, water treatment and purification, and plastic production. Lime also has major applications in the manufacture of glass and in agriculture. Granite, however, is New Hampshire's biggest claim to fame. Known as “The Granite State”, New Hampshire is built on such massive deposits of types of granite that it is still to this day one of its biggest industries, helping it maintain a strong economy for over a century. Back to the quarries, we can break down the types of quarries in New Hampshire into two categories. Things like sand and gravel would be one category, while things like rocks and stone would be on their own.
What Are Sand and Gravel Quarries?
Sand and gravel quarries are just quarries that are used to extract sand and gravel from the Earth. Instead of pulling full rocks, or other natural building materials, more loose materials are pulled, like sand and gravel. Other things like sand and gravel that are pulled from these quarries in New Hampshire are common fill, crushed stone, topsoil, and washed sand. These all vary in value and aesthetic, but each of them has a place in the New Hampshire construction and landscaping industry as a go-to material. Some of them are quite easy to find and acquire. Things like common fill, sand, and topsoil are fairly common and easy to come by. As far as the application of these loose materials goes, the possibilities are fairly endless. Whether it’s a large-scale project for a company building some large building, or working over a large area of land, or it’s for a suburban house looking for a new driveway, loose materials like these are very helpful in many situations. It’s their versatility that keeps them in demand always.
What Comes from New Hampshire Stone Quarries?
New Hampshire stone quarries, like sand and gravel quarries, exist only as a site for the excavation and processing of stone building materials and resources. New Hampshire stone quarries in particular produce certain kinds of stones over others. New Hampshire quarries produce stone materials such as riprap, river rock, utility rock, and basic stones as well. Obviously, these larger stones have a number of applications both similar to, and wildly different from the looser materials that were mentioned above. They can be used to fill in driveways, decorate gardens, or even decorate waterfront pieces of land in a more large-scale sort of way. The stone materials, like the loose materials,also vary in price depending on their rarity and availability in the state. Thankfully, the quarries of New Hampshire contain a large variety of stones and loose materials, but it still has its limits and sometimes a resource you may want for your project may not be available.
The History of Quarries in NH
New Hampshire may not have an “official” nickname, but the state is widely and proudly known as “The Granite State”. Outcroppings of granite—flecked with mica, quartz, and feldspar—can be found jutting out of the ground throughout New Hampshire (it’s not called the Granite State for nothing). Throughout the 19th century, cutting that stone out of the earth had become one of the state’s biggest industries. At one time, there were dozens of quarries, who, along with 30 manufacturers, employed over 1,000 men. And all a stone’s throw from New Hampshire’s capital city. At one time small quarries were common in southern New Hampshire, but today only larger sites produce enough stone to be worth the cost of operation.
The largest quarry in New Hampshire is in the center of Rattlesnake Hill, just outside the state capital, Concord. The Swenson Granite Company was founded in 1883 by John Swenson, who came to New Hampshire via Sweden, where he was born, and set about learning the trade of his adoptive home. On October 4, 1883, Swenson bought George Ballard's quarry operation on Rattlesnake Hill for $750. The Swenson Company is still in operation today, and is still New Hampshire’s largest granite producer.
Order Quarry Direct from DeFeo Materials
DeFeo Materials provides a number of services related to hauling and trucking in New Hampshire. We will handle every deal with precision and professionalism. When it comes to quarries, and material delivery, we provide multiple services. We can take resources and building materials and haul them straight to wherever you may need them. Whether that be a plant, directly to a jobsite that is being worked on by a larger company, or to someone who just ordered a large supply of resources. Is your landscape supply yard located on a railway? DeFeo Materials is now offering direct rail service for your supply yard! We currently serve customers across the north and southeast and are looking to expand even further. If you are interested in expanding your product line contact our experts today. Contact DeFeo Materials, and we’ll get the job done right.