Pioneer families who choose to settle in Barre were made of true grit. Growing up in the “West”, as our area of the United States was called in the 1820’s, was only for the toughest of the tough. Many good families were forced to give up and leave because of sickness, farm injuries, starvation or being worked to death. Neighbors banded together to offer whatever they could share, no matter how meager, to survive and to grow into our wonderful Township.
With a good climate, good loam and limestone soils suitable for grain crops for human and animal consumption along with drainable muckland for growing valuable produce, settlers saw the area as a great agricultural and dairying gold mine. They made Barre happen!
ELISHA WRIGHT HOUSE – WEST BARRE/0 Comments/in Historical Places /by barre
Colonel Elisha Wright, son of a Revolutionary War veteran, was born in Sharon, Connecticut, 15 October 1791. When he was ten years old, his family moved to Connecticut County, settling near Canandaigua. In the spring of 1818 young Elisha struck out alone through the woods, axe in hand andwalked the weary miles to Batavia; here […]
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN GATES HOUSE/0 Comments/in Historical Places /by barre
The Benjamin Franklin Gates House is an historic home and farm complex located on the north side of Lee Road, just east of where Mix Road intersects from the south. Gates, the descendant of English colonists who had moved from Massachusetts to Ontario County, in turn moved to Barre around 1830. His initial purchase of 10 acres was […]
OLD STAGE COACH STOP/0 Comments/in Historical Places /by barre
Above is pictured the old stage couch stop or tavern as most call it built in 1829. From an old deed record loaned by Wilson Hakes, we find Relly M. Tinkhm as the owner at that time having bought from the Holland Land Company. The house is a large building and hidden in its inner […]