Barre Historical Tour

Date has been moved to Thursday August 16th!


Join the Friends of the Library for this field trip to Barre. The last half of Bread and Roses, Too takes place in Barre, Vermont, where author Katherine Paterson lived for many years. Known as the“Granite Capital of the World,” Barre has a well-preserved history prominently featuring immigration, industry, and labor movements. Thanks to the generosity of the South Hero Friends of the Library CIDER will be providing transportation for the trip. Please call or email the library to reserve your spot.


8:30 Meet at Folsom Parking Lot
9am Leave South Hero from the Folsom Parking LotVTREADS2018LogoWeb091917
10am Arrive Old Labor Hall  46 Granite St, Barre, VT 05641
11 Walk to Train Station
12 Lunch – Either bring your own or dine in town
1pm Robert Burns Statue
2pm Hope Cemetery
3pm Leave for South Hero
4pm Arrive in South Hero
The Old Labor Hall – Rosa, Jake, and all of the other Lawrence children are welcomed to town with a huge feast at the Labor Hall in Chapter 17. The Socialist Labor Party Hall still stands, thanks to the preservation efforts of the Barre Historical Society.
Robert Burns Memorial – Located on the front lawn of the Vermont History Center. On page 236 of the book, Duncan the Scottish stone carver takes runaway Jake to visit this statue and explains its significance and the relief panels on the base, carved by Elia Corti.
Hope Cemetery – The final resting place for thousands, including Elia Corti, this 65-acre cemetery is renowned as a showcase for Barre’s stone carvers.  Keep an eye out for the fine flowers carvings on the early 20th century stones, like those that Mr. Gerbati was known for in the book (p. 204).

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