Danby Marble, true to its namesake, is quarried under the Dorset Mountain, in Danby Vermont. This quarry, currently operating under Vermont Quarries Corp, is considered the largest underground quarry in the world.
With a wide variety of selections available, characteristics are typically white in background, with veins that range from soft greys and golds, to darker greys and greens, recognizable for their subtle to strong jagged or linear “waves.”
Finishes range from polished, honed, and textured, such as brushed or suede. It is a product that is stunning to behold and holds appeal for many U.S. consumers, with the knowledge that their marble comes locally, versus being imported from overseas.
Historically, Danby has been quarried in Vermont since 1767, and since the turn of the 20th century, used for many public buildings and national monuments, such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Arlington National Amphitheater.
Danby is an ideal product for most interior applications, such as kitchen & bath counter tops, shower and tub surrounds, flooring and wall cladding, fireplace surrounds, etc. It is an extremely dense marble with a low absorption rate (0.06%-0.08%) which means spills are not easily absorbed into the stone and can quickly be wiped up before penetration. Sealing with an impregnating sealer, such as Dry-treat Stain-proof Plus, is recommended to further protect it and make it more resistant to staining and easier to clean. It is important to keep in mind, however, although staining will be difficult, Danby marble, similar to most marbles, contains calcium and is prone to etching.
That said, with the recommended honed/enhanced finish, Danby marble is relatively easy to maintain, and light etching can be reversed using simple household products.
From a pricing standpoint, Danby carries a medium to high price-tag, depending on the particular selection, and so can fit a range of budgets.