As an alternative to boring Mall shopping, downtown Barre is a convenient and attractive alternative where there are a coffee shop with broadband, a cobbler and leather shop with repair services, 3 antique/ collectibles stores, a large,fully inventoried hardware store, a full service pharmacy, bookstore, a travel agency, 2 bakeries, a bagel maker, a nightclub, 2 jewelers, women's and children clothing store, outdoor and casual apparel and shoe stores, an office supply and copy storefront, 7 lending institutions, and 8 dining establishments, 2 flower shops, hair salons and professional offices with wide range of services. There is public parking on the street and behind stores and many one-of the kind places to visit such as the Aldrich Public Library, Studio Place Arts, Vermont History Center, Socialist Labor Hall and when scheduled, performances at the Barre Opera House and Barre Auditorium.
The Barre Area has numerous historic, cultural and recreational assets that make it a hospitable and enjoyable place to live and work. Indentified below are just a few of the notable "must see" and "must enjoy" places to go.
A classic, beautiful building that offers books, periodicals, movies, historical archives, ebooks, online resources and programs for children and the community.
An historic opera house built in 1889 and renovated to offer the finest performance space in central Vermont. Nationally known artists are a regular attraction at this incredible facility.
Described as "astonishing" and "incredible", this cemetery not only memorializes loved ones, but is tribute to stone cutters and sculptors whose artistry and skills are on display throughout its 40 acres.
A unique 400 acre forested landscape with a network of recreation trails for biking, walking, cross-country skiing and other activities among blue water ponds and artifacts of the granite industry. Check out the Millstone Trails Association for maps and location.
The State of Vermont's repository of Vermont History, with galleries, exhibits and archival records. A wonderful place to visit to learn more about Vermont or to do some research.
Located in a huge turn of the century granite manufacturing plant, this is absolutely the best place to learn about the granite industry and its development, culture and history in Vermont.
In the middle of downtown Barre, Studio Place Arts is a successful visual arts organization offering learning and educational opportunities, studio space and viewing and acquiring art from an electric gallery.
The National Historic Landmark building is owned by the Barre Historical Society and was originally built by Italian immigrants in 1900 as a community building, Most of the participating builders were primarily employed in the granite industry and were Social Labor Party and Granite Cutters Union members.
A famous, paved short track, .25 mile, 18 degree banked speedway for stock car racing. Located in Barre Town, it offers competitive racing every Thursday night from the beginning of May until early October, including American-Canadian Tour events.
The Visitor Center is a great place to visit to understand quarrying and manufacturing of granite. Tours are offered, including the Hope Cemetery between May and October.
The Barre Civic Center the three story Alumni Hall Complex, a 10,000 sq ft gymnasium in the historic Barre Municipal Auditorium, and the 21,500 sq ft BOR Arena, used for shows in the summer and ice hockey in the winter.