Our Community

Barre is the home to a community built by immigrants who came here to work and find their fortunes in the granite industry. Native American Abenaki were the first to value the local granite. Europeans who came to Vermont to farm found the granite just below the surface to be a bit hard on the plow! So they turned to cutting the stone from the ground and found and eventually marketed many uses for it.

Barre is called the “Granite Center of the World”, internationally recognized for high-quality stone, manufacturing, and artistry. Barre Gray granite, used for products since the late 1700s, was found to be ideal for monumental work due to its even coloring, fine grain, and lack of impurities. The texture and quality of granite is unmatched for rendering fine carved details which can not be attained with other granites. In the 1800s immigrants flocked to Barre for the opportunity to work in our booming granite manufacturing industry.

Today, Barre continues to quarry, process and wholesale granite. Manufacturer’s have diversified and adapted to changing global markets and demands. In addition to the production of granite memorials, our manufacturers also make counter tops, landscape furniture, architectural details, steps curbing and granite for precision testing calibration, while still offering a wealth of stone carvers and artists who create relief and full sculpture as well as etched designs for a variety of artistic and architectural purposes.

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Pictured below the new Vermont Granite Museum sign! A huge thank you shout out to several of our local companies that donated their time, equipment, and effort that made this all possible!
Thank you to:
Mayor Tom Lauzon for donating the beautiful Dark Barre Gray 28 ton granite block,
Bellavance Trucking for transporting the block,
Hutch Crane for setting the sign on the rail car and their devotion to this project,
Granite Industries of Vermont for sawing the face of the block,
Rock of Ages for drafting this design and providing the stencil,
John Pelkey, Owner of Mobile Sandblast, for his many hours of hard work sandblasting the sign,
Miles Supply, Inc., for donating the sand,
and Chris Miller for creating this unique design!
It takes a community to work together for the betterment of Barre.
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One of the favorite things about catering is making you part of it. A couple of carved animals set guard at the Granite Museum.

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We would like to thank the Barre Rotary Club for choosing our establishment to wrap many items to keep needy Vermonters warm this holiday season. ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a great holiday party at the museum this week! Think about holding your holiday parties with us next year! It is a cool space. ... See MoreSee Less

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Host your business or family Holiday Party at the Museum! ... See MoreSee Less

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