The Town of Barre is a small rural community located 61 miles from Boston, almost exactly in the center of the State, and covers 44.8 square miles. It has a population of 5,365 is bordered by Phillipston on the north, Hubbardston on the northeast, Rutland and Oakham on the southeast, New Braintree on the south, Hardwick on the southwest, and Petersham on the northwest. Barre is 22 miles northwest of Worcester has a latitude of 42.422N, a longitude of 72.105W and and elevation of 784 feet above sea level. The form of government is Board of Selectmen and open town meeting.
The community was named after Isaac Barré, a member of the British Parliament who opposed the taxation of America.
The town of Barre did not start out as the "Town of Barre". From the beginning of the earliest kept records Barre was part of Rutland. The town was part of the Naquag grant and was made the "Northwest District of Rutland in 1749. In 1774 the town incorporated and was called "Hutchinson". Two years later a petition for a different name resulted in it being called "Barre", with a population of 734. During the Industrial Revolution, it became known for its production of farming equipment and palm leaf hats. During the Civil War it supplied much of the gunpowder used by the Union Army.
Absentee Ballot are available at the Town Clerk's Office for the TUESDAY, AUGUST 9TH, 2016 SPECIAL TOWN Election. The last day and time to apply for an absentee ballot is Monday AUGUST 8th at 12 noon.
The Town Clerk's Office, located at 40 West St., basement, will be open from 9am to 12 noon for absentee voters on AUGUST 8th. Questions regarding absentee voting should be directed to the Town Clerk at 978-355-2504 ext 5.
Own a business in town? Use the link below to take our survey. Don't forget to join us on July 14th to discuss how to promote business in Barre!
Click here to view our Capital Improvement Plan created by the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management of UMass. They will be doing a short presentation at the beginning of our Annual Town Meeting on . Approximately half the articles on the Annual Town Meeting relate to this plan.
Absentee Ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office, for the May 17th Recall Election until on . Questions pertaining to the election, voter registration or absentee ballots should be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-355-2504 ext. 5.