Set in Stone~ History of the Quarry Industry


Westford has a long history in industry, with the earliest recorded granite quarrying beginning in 1826 on Oak Hill, near today’s Fletcher Granite company. Granite from here is known for its clean blue-gray appearance, “Chelmsford Gray.” The earliest operations occurred before the use of railroads, with the old horse and carriage at one point. Into the twentieth century, the two main areas for quarrying were Snake Meadow Hill in Graniteville and Oak Hill in Nabnasset. Nearly half of the active quarries in town were on Snake Meadow Hill by 1911. Snake Meadow Hill operations slowly wound down by the late nineteenth century. The sole remaining quarry in town is off Oak Hill. It is owned by the Fletcher Granite Company, founded by H.E. Fletcher in 1881. Fletcher’s Chelmsford Gray is found in found in town and elsewhere in the country.

The History of Graniteville, Massachusetts
Geoff Hall conducts a wonderful and in-depth look into the
history of one of Westford’s storied mill villages.

Where Has All The Granite Gone? 

1800’s big production boost because of building canals to Boston.  Used the granite to line the bottom and sides of the canal and after being built the canal also helped transport the heavy granite and much, much more

In 2003 the Westford Historical Society published a calendar titled “Where has all the Granite Gone”
Researched and created by Marilyn Day, Westford Town Historian (2003), Slideshow edited by Alina Jeng, Westford Historical Society Intern (2020)

Click on the link below and discover just a few of the locations where granite from Westford has been used. S

Original slideshow