a national historic landmark
Now a sculpture park, Quarry View a very special place in an abandoned and re-purposed quarry in Portland, CT.
The brownstone mined from these quarries was an important source for construction in the latter half of the 19th century. The stone from these quarries was used in a number of landmark buildings in Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New Haven, Connecticut, and Hartford.
A catastrophic flood in 1936 and a hurricane in 1938 flooded the quarries, ending their operations. The town purchased the historic quarries and 42 acres of adjacent land in 1999 and 2000. On May 16, 2000, the site was listed as a National Historic Landmark, which also placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. Source: Portland Brownstone Quarries (Wikipedia)
The quarries were leased as an adventure park and the northern section was bought and developed as a sculpture park and nature sanctuary known as Quarry View.
Occasionally I participate in the Drum Circles that are hosted there. I play the Native American Flute as well as various percussion. Its a wonderful communal vibe... Photos below by Ken Marceau.