Barre, a town set amongst the hills and valleys of central Massachusetts, started out as a rural farming community that has since grown to almost 6,000 residents. Before Barre became a town in 1774, it was called the Northwest District of Rutland. As more settlers populated the area, the town became gradually autonomous, earning its own name – Rutland District. The name was changed to Barre 1776 to honor Colonel Isaac Barre, a member of the British Parliament who embraced the colonists’ cause of independence.
As the Industrial Revolution reached Barre, many villages flourished. Textiles, gunpowder, and wood products were all lucrative industries for a time until the twentieth century, when a local foundry and wool company became the main industrial forces. Today, with its welcome diversity and bucolic splendor, Barre has become a sought after location for many people wishing to extoll the virtues of “country living”.