|Poultney: Eureka! The Slate Industry|
The Slate industry put the tiny town of Poultney on the map when Daniel Hooker opened the Eureka Quarry in 1852. Local legend has it that the Poultney slate industry was discovered by accident in 1843. A farmer was showing his land to a prospective buyer when the buyer kicked some earth and saw what was underneath it. “Why, that is slate,” the buyer proclaimed. Initially, the Quarry’s most in demand products were school slates and slate pencils. To read about the Poultney slate industry, see thePoultney Vermont Historical Society.