Barre (pronounced "bear-ee") is a city in Washington County, Vermont. Barre City is almost completely surrounded by Barre (the town), which is incorporated separately from the City of Barre. Barre is often twinned with nearby Montpelier in local media and businesses. It is the main city in the Barre Micropolitan area which, at approximately 59,564 residents, is the 3rd largest in Vermont (after Burlington and Rutland).
The arrival of the railroad in Barre helped the granite industry become major. Word of the famous deposit of granite (which some geologist say is 4 miles long, 2 miles wide and 10 miles deep), spread to Europe and Canada, inviting large numbers of people to migrate to Barre from a number of countries.
Barre City is more than the "Granite Center of the World." Convenient downtown shopping, a variety of recreation opportunities, great schools, and diverse housing opportunities make Barre City a great place to live.
Nearby Cities and Towns:
- Aldrich Library
- Barre Outdoor Recreation Center (B.O.R.)
- Barre City Swimming Pool
- Barre Opera House
- City Auditorium
- Downtown Barre Historic District
- Elmwood Cemetery
- Granite Center Farmers' Market
- Hope Cemetery
- Rotary Park and Playground 2000
- St. Monica Cemetery
- Studio Place Arts
- Vermont Frost Heaves
- Vermont Granite Museum
- Vermont History Center
Vermont Events in July
Barre Heritage Festival 7/22/15 - 7/25/15
Music from around the world! The food of many nations! Two stages of performances and concerts, Kids Zone, A pedestrian mall on Main Street, A parade, fireworks, art show, a bathtub race, tow down, car show, just to name a few of the scheduled events. This festival has it all......and it is all free.
The Play- 7/23/15 - 7/23/15
Come watch the 10th Anniversary of Lost Nation Theater’s original production of “Stone,” a portrait of Barre’s Granite community shaped from the interviews & oral histories. Witness actors portray stoneworkers business owners, community pillars, recent immigrants, widows and many others as they tell their stories about work in the quarries, creating enduring monuments, tragedies of accidents, silicosis, and labor disputes.
The Play – “Stone” by Kim Bent 7/24/15 - 7/24/15
Come watch the 10th Anniversary of Lost Nation Theater’s original production of “Stone,” a portrait of Barre’s Granite community shaped from the interviews & oral histories. Witness actors portray stoneworkers business owners, community pillars, recent immigrants, widows and many others as they tell their stories about work in the quarries, creating enduring monuments, tragedies of accidents, silicosis, and labor disputes. 'Stone' Renders a Vermont City's Origins in Grit and Granite - The New York Times
Barre Heritage Festival 7/24/15 - 7/25/15
This year’s celebration embraces elements such as ethnic food, music from a variety of cultures will be heard, and events like the Rotary Breakfast, the Paletteers Art Show and the Library Book Sale remain on the schedule after more than 30 years. Popular contests like the Lions Club Tow-Down and a bathtub race have joined the list of things to do, and of course a parade! Barre loves a good celebration, and this year we should have no trouble enjoying the Barre Heritage Festival.
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