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.
When you picture Vermont, you probably imagine peace and quiet and bucolic mountain views – but the state’s faster, louder side has a proud history too. Racing is in Vermont’s blood just as much as maple syrup. “Anything for Speed” explores over a century of the history and evolution of racing in Vermont through the objects, photographs and recollections that comprise this unique story. Showcasing many items that have not been exhibited to the public before, it illustrates the people, places and cars contributing to the fabric of our history in all corners of the state. Grand Opening April 28: Enjoy Free Admission and activities from 9:00am-12:00pm as part of the Downtown Barre Car Show. Discover treasures unseen since their racing days: trophies, models, car parts, firesuits, flags, photographs… and more. Share your memories on our talk-back wall, or challenge your friends in our racing simulator. Exhibit runs through March 30, 2019.