Introduction to Barre, Vermont
Barre was granted to William Williams and other on November 6, 1780. It was originally named as Wildersburgh. The area was first settled in 1788. John Goldsbury, Samuel Rodgers and their families were the early settlers of Barre. It was renamed after Isaac Barré, who was a British politician and soldier. However, some also believe that it was named after Barre, Massachusetts. The city was incorporated in 1895. Granite deposits were discovered in the area soon after War of 1812. The city is also known as the "Granite Center of the World."
Barre and nearby Attractions
- Vermont Granite Museum of Barre
- Boulder Beach State Park
- Vermont Historical Society Museum
- Little River State Park
- State Capitol
- Seyon Ranch State Park
Things To Do In Barre
While in Barre one can pay a visit to the Allis State Park, Waterbury Center State Park, Little River State Park, and Seyon Ranch State Park. The local parks include the Vermont City Park and Currier Park. One can also visit the Barre Downtown Historic District and Masonic Temple. The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre provides absorbing insights into the history of this area. History buffs should also visit the Vermont Historical Society Museum and State Capitol. Local celebrations include Granite Festival and Homecoming Days.
Burlington International Airport is the nearest major air transportation facility.
Barre Higher Education
Norwich University, Middlebury College, and Dartmouth College provide higher education in the area.