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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Volunteer Opportunity at the Vermont Granite Museum

Summer Volunteers at the Vermont Granite Museum of Barre, Vermont will be designed to suit the volunteer’s interests.

Projects and areas that volunteer can study include:

Historical research - using primary documents, objects and photographs to develop web, exhibit, and tour content
Archaeological research – phase 1A survey of two granite companies
Collections management - accessioning, cataloging, cleaning, and object storage
Visitor experience - guiding tours, editing script and developing exhibits
Marketing - website development, Facebook management, press releases and event promotion
Program management – RockFire, Barre Heritage and Homecoming Days, and Granite Festival
Strategic planning – developing and implementing policies and procedures into everyday practice
Building and grounds maintenance - building improvements
Museum studies – gain practical experience in operating a history museum

As an incoming volunteer, you and the museum director will identify your area(s) of focus for the duration of this opportunity.

How to apply, please contact: Dr. Scott A. McLaughlin at (802) 476-4605 or director@vtgranitemuseum.org.

The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre, Vermont is housed in a 300-foot long, 130 year old granite cutting shed. The long structure was built by the Jones Brothers Company as the first of its kind for the granite industry and was part of a large complex of buildings owned by the largest granite manufacturer in America. Along the Stevens Branch of the Winooski River, the Museum owns approximately 12 acres of land, consisting of the archaeological remains of the Jones Brothers Company complex and another granite company. The Museum contains exhibits about the hand tools, machines, processes, products, companies, people, and important events that define the heritage of Vermont’s granite industry.
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Mark your calendars! Giving Tuesday is on 11/29. It’s global day of giving for everyone! Please consider giving us your time, money, and voice – give what you can. Pictured are three National Life Group employees that recently donated their time to help build exhibit panels. ... See MoreSee Less

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This is the last week the Vermont Granite Museum will be open for the season. Last day we will be open is Saturday October 15. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Hope to see you before the season ends! ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday and Saturday October 28 & 29 from 6:30 PM tn 10:30 PM come to Vermont Granite Museum for the Barre Lions and Haunters Guild annual haunted house. "The Darkness, where your deepest, darkest fears come to life"
* NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 13
Saturday October 29 from 10 AM to 1 PM there will be a free kids day for children under 13
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September is Vermont Archaeology month. Come visit the Vermont Granite Museum to learn more about Vermont archaeological history and also visit historicsites.vermont.gov/vt_history/archaeology ... See MoreSee Less

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The Vermont Granite Museum is almost ready to close for the season. Last day we will be open is Saturday October 15. Until then we are open every Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Hope to see you stop by soon! ... See MoreSee Less

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