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.