MONTPELIER, VT. >> The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing has published The Vermont Stone Trail guide to promote the state's history in quarrying, manufacturing and using granite, marble and slate.

The free guide gives information on historical, artistic, cultural and recreational experiences related to stone such as exploring old quarries or visiting museums.

It has descriptions of 95 sites on the trail — from the Bennington Battle Monument State Historic Site to the Rock of Ages Visitor Center in Barre.

Tourism officials say the guide gives visitors a chance to learn about the state's geology and history and also see the work of modern artists at their studios and galleries.

The guide can be found at the state's 17 Vermont Welcome and Visitor Centers and or can be downloaded online at