Barre, Vermont

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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.

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Quick Facts About Barre

Barre Attractions:

  • 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

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 5: Waterbury-Montpelier | Berlin | Barre Town

Vermont Events in December

Barre Rock Solid 12/11/19 - 12/11/19

Barre Area Development, Inc. (BADC) is going to kick off our new brand and marketing initiative for the Greater Barre area with a community celebration at the historic Barre Opera House on Dec. 11th at 7:00 PM. There is no charge for this event, but it’s expected to be a full house, so please fill out the form below to let us know you’re coming. RSVP appreciated but not required. The night will feature a preview in the lobby of the advertising campaign, “Barre Rock Solid” and new BarreRockSolid.com website. It will be followed by a showing in the theater of the three web portals supporting the Three Pillars of Growth – new residents, new businesses, and new visitors and a sampling of the 17 films produced to promote Barre People, Barre Businesses and Barre Attractions. Join us as we launch our campaign to create jobs and grow our vibrant community. One of Barre’s favorite bands, Native Tongue, will open the show, and there will be wine, beer (cash bar) and light refreshments available. The event marks the culmination of over 2 years of work undertaken with our marketing partner, The Imagination Company, to tell Barre’s story in an entertaining and compelling way on the new BarreRockSolid.com website. We’re incredibly excited for people to learn about the institutions, culture and opportunities that make Greater Barre one of the most unique places to live, do business, work and visit.

VSO Holiday Pops - Barre 12/13/19 - 12/13/19

The VSO is thrilled to welcome Chelsea Tipton as guest conductor for a program of musical comfort and joy! The concert features the Bronze Ambassadors, the award-winning student bell ringers from Newport who captured our hearts in 2017. Maestro Tipton’s program ranges from classic (Corelli’s Christmas Concerto) to clever (Christmas à la Valse) to quirky (Minor Alterations) to just plain fun (Tintinabulations). AND the audience has a chance to sing along with the handbells! Get in the mood for the season by ringing in the holidays with your VSO. For venue accessibility information, please call the Barre Opera House at (802) 476-8188.

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