Types of Westerly Granite

Babcock-Smith House Museum
124 Granite Street
Westerly, RI  02891



Types of Granite

Blue (including blue-white and white)


Description: fine grain, grayish in color
Sources: holes # 1, 2, 3, and 5 on Quarry Hill and the Bradford quarries
Characteristics: easily “tooled” (hand cut)
Uses: statuary and fine carving

Light  Pink


Description: very fine grain, white with pinkish tinge
Sources: hole #6 on Quarry Hill
Characteristic: very hard; difficult to cut by hand; better suited to machine finishing
Uses: monuments

Dark Pink


Description: fine grain with pronounced pink tinge
Sources: North quarries—lower (deeper) beds
Characteristic: very hard; well-suited to a polished finish
Uses: monuments



Description:  medium grain with decided reddish color
Sources: North quarries—upper beds; Brand’s Oven
Characteristic: polishes well; machines well; cuts well by      hand; breaks evenly
Uses: monuments and buildings


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