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Barre Town, Washington County, Vermont Genealogy

Brief History

Barre Town was chartered on August 12, 1781 by the Vermont State Legislature. The town was originally chartered as Wildersburg, the previous home in Massachusetts of some of the incorporators. Those people left for one reason or another, or were just outnumbered by later settlers: by 1793 a move was afoot to change the name of the town.

The name of the town was eventually changed to Barre.  By the beginning of the 19th century, Barre had a half-dozen distinct villages, some of which are now part of the city of Barre when it was split off in 1894. The outlying villages, most of which had sprung up because of the granite industry, remained in the town. With no particularly high peaks, Barre has several smaller hills, some of which turned out to be solid granite, resulting in an industry which has permeated the town ever since.  [1]  [2]  

Historical Data

Town Histories

Barre in retrospect : 1776-1976, Friends of the Aldrich Public Library - find this book in a library.

Vital Records

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records

The probate district for Barre Town is Washington.
Washington District Probate Court
10 Elm St. #3
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-3405

Records corrected by Probate Court, v. 1-4, 1940-1980, are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

Church Records

City Directories

Manning's Barre and Montpelier (Vermont) directory : including Barre Town (1930), are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.


1873 map of Barre


The following is a list of major cemeteries in present-day Barry Town. For location of all cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Washington County, website at this link.  

Town Records

Town Clerk Vital and Town Records, 1761 -1931, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Vermont, Washington County, Barre, death records, 1998-2006, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

Vermont, Washington County, Barre, land records, 1895-1946, can be found on FamilySearch (browse only images).

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Barre Town Clerk's Office. These include Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1895-1997 (Barre, Vermont), Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1895-1998; card indexes to births, marriages, and deaths, early to 1998, and   Deeds, 1793-1877; index to deeds, 1793-1880.

Town of Barre, Vermont
149 Websterville Rd.
P.O. Box 116
Websterville, Vermont, 05678
Phone: (802) 479-9331


Burlington Free Press

The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus

Libraries and Historical Societies

Aldrich Public Library
6 Washington St.
Barre, VT 05641
Phone: (802) 476-7550


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