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No matter what direction their houses might actually be facing, most of the roofs in the United States point toward Slate Valley, a 24-mile-long stretch between New York and Vermont. That region not only produces most of the nation's roofing slate, but also has an intricate history that reaches all the way back to the 1800s.

  • The Building: Slate Valley Museum fills a New World Dutch Barn, which was built around 1840
  • Eye Catcher: a worn-down and beat-up 1951 LJT Mack Truck, which once hauled finished slate?and then blocks and rubbish?for the Tatko Bros. Slate Company

  • Don't Miss: Neil Rappaport's black-and-white photographs of Slate Valley's quarries, workers, and earliest bunny ears
  • Permanent Mainstay: The Dream and the Reality, which explores how various immigrant groups came to work in the slate quarries
  • Visiting Exhibit: Slate as Muse?a collection of sculptures, photographs, and watercolor paintings by 19 artists who used slate as medium and subject
  • While You're in the Neighborhood: take a self-guided driving tour through local quarries and other slate-industry sites
17 Water St.
Granville,
NY
US

When dusk falls, the opening credits roll at Randall Drive-In Theatre. Families and family pets pull into parking spots, rain or shine, to enjoy double or triple features of current blockbusters. The films play Friday through Sunday, and a single ticket, which is free for kids younger than 5, grants patrons admission to the entire double or triple feature.

36 Bethel Dr
Bethel,
VT
US

At grassy ranches and farms throughout eastern New York, Jennifer Breslin leads lessons and training programs in several riding disciplines. Breslin began riding as a young girl, competing in hunter and equitation rings while also working for a local trainer. While working with the horses there, she helped them to grow comfortable with the demands of cattle ranchers. She showed them the sharp turns required to chase down individual cows, how to fetch the newspaper each morning, and even drove herds of 30 or more into their proper pens. In her college years, Breslin competed in eventing and dressage while also galloping racehorses. Her students regularly compete in A-Circuit shows, and her horses enjoy the variety of the lessons, which provide them with plenty of exercise and a reason to go shopping for new horse outfits.

185 Washburn Road
Gansevoort,
NY
US

Established: 1976

Staff Size: 25?50 people

Pro Tip: Allow at least 2?3 hours, but don't try to do everything on your first visit.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 125+ exhibits, it's hard to pick one

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with the Director Of Marketing

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

The Montshire is a 100-acre science center delighting visitors of all ages with diverse exhibits and programs.

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Andy's Place is a special area for children five and under and the museum store is full of carefully selected gifts, books, puzzles, and toys.

1 Montshire Rd
Norwich,
VT
US