Downtown Barre

"Granite Center of the World"


Barre is the "Granite Center of the World," with a heritage anchored in the stone arts and the cultural traditions of its European ancestors. Wedged between Groton State Forest and the spine of the Green Mountains, and flanked by the world famous Rock of Ages granite quarries and visitor center, Barre offers a unique Vermont experience.

Barre’s granite is so remarkable in quantity and quality it attracted the most highly-skilled stone craftsmen from around the world throughout the 19th century. Visitors can discover some of the great stone artists by visiting local cemeteries and the many intricate carvings and life-size statues throughout Barre.

Barre has an array of dining establishments, from Asian, pub style, New American, Indian, casual and several delis--while retail businesses contain a mix of everything from antiques stores to handmade craft objects. Studio Place Arts offers an art gallery and the Vermont Granite Museum creates a unique museum experience with its 25,000 square foot timber-framed facility. The Vermont History Center is located in a beautifully restored 19th century historic landmark and houses a research library and the Vermont Historical Society’s collections.

Events such as the Barre Heritage Festival and RockFire bring community members together to celebrate Barre's rich history, and the Currier Park Summer Concert Series begins mid-June. The Millstone Trails offer mountain bikers one of New England’s most memorable biking experiences with a trail system that weaves between more than 50 quarries.

For more information, visit The Barre Partnership or call (802) 477-2967.

The Rock of Ages Visitor Center in Graniteville, Vermont.

Rock of Ages Visitors Center

Your tour experience begins at the modern Visitors Center, where you may watch an informative video, view historic photos and exhibits, and shop for granite gifts and other Vermont specialty products.

Barre Gray Granite

Barre Gray Granite

Located in Washington County, Vermont, Barre is celebrated as the world’s granite capital, home to a premium granite source that stood untouched for millions of years.

Stone working tools

Barre Granite Association

The Barre Granite Association was born on April 6, 1889, when a group of Barre granite manufacturers gathered to begin a display for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

family fairs

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Vermont Culinary Experience - Burger night at Bread and Butter Farm.

Vermont Culinary Experiences

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Vermont Byways brochure.

Vermont Byways

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