Dorset is a town in Bennington County, Vermont, United States. Dorset is famous for being the location of Cephas Kent’s Inn, where four meetings of the Convention that signed the Dorset Accords led to the independent Vermont Republic and future statehood. Dorset the site of America’s oldest marble quarry and is the birthplace of Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. East Dorset is the site of the Wilson House and the Griffith Library. The town is named after the English county of Dorset.
The East Dorset marble quarry had been established by Bill W.’s great grandfather and stayed in the family for three generations. Marble from these quarries provided stone for the New York Public Library Main Branch building in New York City. The quarry closed and during the summer months serves as a popular swimming hole.
Dorset is located along the northern border of Bennington County, with Rutland County on the north. The Taconic Mountains occupy the central and western 3/4 of the town, with the Valley of Vermont on the east side of town separating the Taconics from the Green Mountains to the east.
There’s something magical about early summer in the countryside of Dorset, Vermont, and the hilly terrain of nearby Merck Forest and Farmland Center on the outskirts of Rupert.
Fields have been hayed, spring crops and fruits are being harvested, and trees have unfurled their leaves after a deep slumber through the long winter. Newborn lambs and other farm animals stumble and play in the farm yards while their older brethren relax and chew on fresh grass, a treat after a season of dried hay and feed. And the woods are ready for hikers to break in a new set of shoes while they climb to familiar favorites and unexplored new treasures.
When the weather turns hot, the Dorset Quarry is a popular spot for those who want to cool off and swim. The former marble mine has plenty of space, but can become crowded in the summer months.