Elberton Granite Museum & Exhibit


Like the Egyptian pyramids, the creation of memorials to special people or events can be a monumental engineering project, involving engineered systems and tools. The Elberton Granite Museum and Exhibit shows how cemetery monuments are created, from the quarrying, sawing, polishing, and cutting of the granite, to the designing, carving, shaping, and final detailing. One exhibit is the first statue crafted of Elberton granite. Unveiled in 1898, "Dutchy" was said to represent a Confederate soldier but looks like a Yankee. In 1900 the local citizenry buried him face down in the town square. The statue was exhumed and placed in the muse

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Known as the "Granite Capital of the World," Elberton sits on a vein 35 miles long, 6 miles wide, and more than 2 miles deep. About 2 million cubic feet is quarried annually, the bulk of which is used to produce more than one-third of all U.S. tombstones. The total amount of granite in the area would fill the Rose Bowl nearly two million