Attractions December 11, 2016
The Unique Town In Vermont That’s Anything But Ordinary
There is something wonderful and beautiful about each town in Vermont, and Barre is no exception. From history, to dining, to quarries, artful cemeteries, and even world record holders, this town which has had a great revival is one unique town in VT that everyone should visit. Be sure to bring your camera, this is one heck of a place!
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The Town of Barre is located within the Green Mountains of Central Vermont.
This community was officially chartered in 1781 and is one of the largest towns in Vermont with just under 8,000 residents.
Barre is home to four small unincorporated villages.
These include East Barre, Websterville, Graniteville, and South Barre. Each village has a post office, stores, a playground and churches. Downtown Barre has experienced a revival that we are very excited about!
While people know Barre has panoramic mountain views and beautiful natural scenery, it is best known for its granite quarries.
The most famous being the Rock of Ages Quarry, which is the world's largest deep hole quarry. Interesting fact: It was used as a backdrop in both Batman & Robin and Star Trek.
Each year visitors from all over the world tour the Hope cemetery to see some of the finest examples of memorial design and granite craftsmanship ever produced.
Naturally, the granite comes from - you guessed it - the nearby Rock of Ages Quarry.
The memorials here are nothing short of fabulous and personalized works of art.
This is a photo taking paradise, so don't forget your camera!
Try out the whispering statue, others known as Youth Triumphant, which is a natural phenomenon that must be seen - or heard - to be believed.
If one person sits at the edge of the large, round circular bench and whispers, the person at the opposite side can hear the voice as loudly as if the person was sitting right next to you. I'll admit I was more than a bit skeptical of this, but it did not disappoint.
Barre is also home to the world's largest zipper.
Located right on Main Street just a few blocks away from the Whispering Statue, it's worth a look because you don't see something like this everyday.
Barre is full of history.
Pictured is former President Teddy Roosevelt during his unsuccessful run for another term speaking in Barre on August 31, 1912.
Do you know the story behind how Barre got its name?
There are two versions of story: one says it was won in a fist fight, the other says naming rights were sold to the highest bidder. Read more
and then decide for yourself!
Cap off your visit to Barre with an exceptional meal at the Cornerstone Pub.
They made our list for some of the best
Have you been to any of these places in Barre? Let us know – we love to hear from you!