Ochee Spring Quarry (NRIS 78000003)
Rhode Island. County/parish: Providence.
1 contributing site.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
May 05, 1978.
Also known as:
- Johnston Soapstone Quarry
- Ochee Spring Quarry
- Ochee Spring Quarry is an historic quarry in Johnston, Rhode Island. Located on a privately owned outcrop of land behind 787 Hartford Avenue (United States Route 6), the quarry was a source of steatite (soapstone), a relatively soft stone easily workable into containers. Native Americans are known to have used this quarry. A study of the site conducted in the mid-1980s concluded that the quarry was probably worked in an organized manner, to produce containers in a variety of size. Items made from this quarry have been found across southern New England.The quarry was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/78000003