Barre, Vermont, New England USA

About Barre, Vermont

Washington County
Chartered: August 12, 1781 (Vermont Charter)
City Incorporated: November 23, 1894
Area: 2,576 Acres = 4.03 Square Miles [ Size Rank: 250* ]
Coordinates (Geographic Center): N 44° 12′ W 72°30′
Altitude: 609 feet ASL
Population (US Census, 2010): 9,052 [ Population Rank: 10* ]
Population Density (persons per square mile): 2,246.2 [ Density Rank: 5* ]
Full Census Info: City County State

*Area, Population and Density rankings refer to Barre’s relative position among Vermont’s 255 civic entities (9 cities, 242 towns, 4 gores and grants). Complete rankings are here.

Pronunciation: Rhymes with “carry.”

Originally the village of Barre within Barre Town until the Legislature made the division. Information on the naming of Barre is here.

Three brooks came together in a single valley, supplying power for settlers’ gristmills and sawmills and, later on, the granite sheds and other manufacturers. Along these streams, four villages grew up as separate entities:

Thwingsville, derived from James Thwing and his seventeen children, whose descendants became prominent in business and politics. In the early 1800’s, Joshua Thwing established an iron foundry around which the village grew;

Gospel Village was a cluster of houses around a church;

Factory Village was in the vicinity of several tin manufacturing plants; and

Jockey Hollow was the site of a fairground, trotting park, stables and the other hangouts of the sporting element.

Although the separate village identities have long since disappeared into the city, you can still hear old-timers using them as area designations.

Barre is the center of Vermont’s granite industry, home to the Rock of Ages quarries

Activities & Points of Interest

Goings-on in and near Barre
Calendar of Events provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing.

Barre Historical Society

Contact Info

Emergency Services (Statewide): 911
Police (non-emergency): 802-476-6613
Hospital: Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin) 802-229-9121

City Clerk: Carolyn Dawes PO Box 418 Barre, VT 05641
M-F 7:30-4:30

Churches, Ministries, Charitables

Assemblies of God : New Life Assembly 802-479-9867
Congregational : East Barre Congregational (East Barre) 802-476-6454
Episcopal : Church of the Good Shepherd 802-476-3929
Roman Catholic : St. Monica
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ : United Church of Christ
United Methodist : Hedding UMC 802-476-8156


Barre Supervisory Union 802-476-5011
Barre City Middle and Elementary School 802-476-6541
Barre Technical Center 802-476-6237
Spaulding High School 802-476-4811

Neighboring Towns

This is a basic geographic reference, intended to show relative location of adjacent towns. Directional accuracy is limited to 16 compass points. There isn’t even the slightest suggestion that one can necessarily travel directly from one town to the next (as in “You can’t get there from here”).


Barre Town


Barre Town

Barre Town


Notes about utilities:

  • One electric or phone company indicates that company serves the entire town. More than one of either indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • A listed cable company MIGHT mean the entire town is covered, but not necessarily. More than one listed indicates each serves different areas of town.
  • Unless your area is one served by Vermont’s only gas utility, your only option is bottled gas (any dealer).
    Cable Charter Communications 888-438-2427
    Electric Green Mountain Power 888-835-4672
    Telephone Fairpoint 866-984-2001