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!