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.
March 9, 2016
Notice to Barre Water Department Customers:
The Town of Barre Water Department has recently been contacted, by some consumers, regarding the quality of their water. Our Department is committed to providing you with accurate information, therefore we felt it best to reach out to our customers at this time.
First and foremost, your drinking water is safe. The Water Department conducts routine sampling and testing and the results are provided and submitted to MassDEP by an independent laboratory. Small amounts of mineral, primarily iron, have been found in the water system supplied by Well #1- However, lab results are well below the Massachusetts Drinking Water Standards.
Although, our water tests have come back “clean,” we felt we should be proactive in making sure that we continue to provide quality drinking water. Therefore, we conducted a cleaning of Well # 1 and also scheduled a cleaning of all Water Storage Tanks- which will be conducted in the next month or so. Please note that each time a complaint was received, the Water Department investigated and/or flushed the area(s) in question. Most of the “discolored” water complaints we received, upon investigation by the Water Department, were actually due to the collection of sediment in customers Hot Water Tanks. In these cases, the discoloration was mainly present in the hot water. If you are encountering this problem, we suggest scheduling routine maintenance of your hot water tank.
Due to the short winter this year, Baltazar Construction will resume the Barre Common Reconstruction Project starting the end of the week of March 14th. This phase of the project, Phase III, will include Exchange Street, Broad Street, a portion of School Street North, Park Street and Grove Street. The areas of construction are indicated by diagonal lines on the map below:
I'm proud to offer this to our Community!
With a recent grant from the CVSPharmacy, we are able to offer an Unused/Unwanted Medication Drop off point. Currently this is located in the Lobby of the Police Station at the Henry Woods Building. The Henry Woods Building is open to the public from 7AM-9PM Monday thru Thursday at 40 West Street. You can drop off your unwanted & unused Prescription pills during those times, but please no needles! Please do not throw away or flush your old medication. Our way of trying to offer another resource to our residents. Thank you CVS Pharmacy! -Chief Erik