Introduction to Barre, Massachusetts
The town of Barre was originally known as the Northwest District of Rutland. It was first settled by Europeans in 1720, and officially incorporated as Hutchinson in 1774. It was named in honor of Thomas Hutchinson, a Colonial Governor of Massachusetts. It has been known by its current name since 1776. The town was named after Isaac Barre, a hero of the American Revolution.
Barre and nearby Attractions
- Barre Historical Society and Museum
- Russell’s Fossil Museum
- Rutland State Park
- Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest
- Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
- Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Things To Do In Barre
The Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is a popular local ski resort. Local museums include the Barre Historical Society and Museum, Russell’s Fossil Museum and the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest. The Adventure Game Theatre and Crystal Caves Family Entertainment Center are popular recreational spots for children.
Worcester Regional is the nearest major airport.
Barre Higher Education
Mount Wachusett Community College, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Assumption College are the local colleges.