Thanks to all who attended RockFire 2019, our 8th annual event. Friday’s weather was perfect for a bit of history and a walk through the woods. Saturday guests enjoyed Bow Thayer, The Iron Guild, Pyrophone and other musicians and fire artists. We’re already looking forward to next year: June 26-27, 2020.
RockFire by “Stuck In Vermont”
Thanks to Eva Sollberger and Seven Days for their 2014 story!
Thanks to all who attended our 7th annual RockFire event on June 28-29, 2018. Guests enjoyed a Bobby Watt concert paired with tasty foods, beautifully hot weather, and a world-class sunset. Fire performers delighted the audience with their twirling, spinning, and even eating fire.
RockFire is a unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale, celebrating Central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage all set in the evocative setting of Millstone Hill’s abandoned quarries and granite industry ruins. First held in 2012 as a fundraiser for the preservation of Barre’s Historic Quarry Lands, the buzz around this event continues to build. The centerpiece of the event is Firewalk, a three mile long procession lit by thousands of candles and luminaries with dozens of bonfires, all leading to variety of fire-lit art installations and 6 live performance stages.
One hundred years ago, Millstone Hill was the site of 75 active granite quarries, employing thousands of men and fueling central Vermont’s growth, cultural diversity, and prosperity. Waves of immigrants, primarily Scottish, Irish, Italian, and French Canadian, poured into the surrounding communities bringing with them their skills, talents, traditions, and dreams.
Join us in celebrating the historical and cultural significance of this amazing landscape.
What once echoed with the clamor of industrial activity is now reclaimed by nature and transformed into today’s man made natural wonder. RockFire will revive through live performance and exhibits the rich cultural sounds and spirit that these ethnic groups contributed to Central Vermont’s colorful granite past.
Map & Directions
Centrally located in the heart of Vermont, less than an hour from the Green Mountain State’s major attractions, Millstone Hill is an easy distance from Boston, New York, or Montreal.
From I-89 North, take Exit 6 (South Barre/Barre Route 14) and follow the access road approx 3 miles.
At the traffic light at the bottom of the hill go through the intersection and straight up the hill (Middle Rd.) for 1 mile. At the first intersection turn left onto Graniteville Rd. (at Rock of Ages). After one mile turn right onto Websterville Rd. A little after one mile you will see a huge granite quarry on your right and a left hand turn taking you to Rt. 302/ Rt. 110.
To get to The Lodge: Continue 200 feet up the hill beyond this intersection to the next intersection, then bear left onto Littlejohn Rd., going between the two yellow houses. The Lodge will be about a half mile up the road on the left.