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.
The winter parking ban goes into effect with the first snow/ice storm until March 15 or later if snow or ice storms occur.
There shall be no parking upon the roadway in such a manner as to impede the removal of snow or ice either during or after a storm.
There shall be no parking in any busienss district during periods of four inches or more of snow.
Parking is available during storms at the Municipal Parking lot located off of Mechanic Street, at 40 West Street and the Municipal Parking lot adjacent to the South Barre Common on Main Street.
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical HS Representative (1 member, 4 year term): This person would attend Monty Tech School Committee meetings and act as the Town of Barre’s representation.
CENSUS FORM REMINDER FOR BARRE RESIDENTS
Every household in Barre was mailed a 2015 census form. If you have already returned your form THANK YOU, if you have not yet returned your form please do so now. If you did not receive a form or need a duplicate form please contact the Town Clerk’s Office immediately at 978-355-2504 ext 5 and we will get you a new form or check your status. Every person in every household needs to be accounted for in order to have an accurate resident/census listing. This affects the towns population figure which in turn has some important effects on the community as a whole such as grant funding, school projections, emergency response, veterans benefits and also establishes an individual’s residency just to name a few. Establishing your residency is especially important if you ever find you need proof of your (or one of your family members) residency, such as for college students attending a state school who needs to prove they are a Massachusetts resident to get the state rate or a Veteran who is applying for a welcome home bonus. If you do not return your census, the Town Clerk’s Office CAN NOT certify you were a resident for that year (as we can’t certify something we never received )and we can’t add it after the census is finalized. Also, in accordance with Mass General Law Chapter 51, Sec 4 - failure to respond shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls.
Your cooperation saves a lot of time, money, effort and is greatly appreciated!