Barnard

Nestled on the shores of the sparkling Silver Lake, Barnard is postcard-perfect. The Vermont Guide to the Green Mountains called Barnard “a haven of seclusion.” Not that you’d know it to visit Barnard on a summer day, when scores of people bask on the beach in Silver Lake State Park or line up at the old-fashioned general store for ice cream and cold drinks. Barnard has a rich community and a rich history. It was once home to novelist Sinclair Lewis, and rumor has it locals heard the cannon fire at Bunker Hill, 100 miles away. Today, Barnard has earned a reputation as a close-knit community for locals and visitors alike. Just ten minutes up the road from the tourist destination of Woodstock, Barnard boasts of down-home Vermont hangouts and upscale establishments. You’ll find world-class professional theater performed in a farm field with a view of the mountains, bike racers pedaling furiously up Barnard’s steep hills, a renowned non-profit performing and visual arts program, and an energetic street dance bringing the community together each August.
Claim to Fame: 
Site of the last confirmed panther sighting in Vermont
Quick Facts
Population: 
947
Size: 
48.90 square miles
Year Established: 
2017
Attractions: 
Going for a paddle on the picturesque Silver Lake. Bring your own boat or rent one at the State Park. And while you’re at it, go for a swim, pack a picnic, and even stay a few nights at the campground. Photo: Rob Friesel

Going for a paddle on the picturesque Silver Lake. Bring your own boat or rent one at the State Park. And while you’re at it, go for a swim, pack a picnic, and even stay a few nights at the campground. Photo: Rob Friesel

Picking up a coffee and stopping for a chat at the Barnard General Store – a historic building and focal point of the community. The building is now owned by the Barnard Community Trust, a local non-profit formed to save the store and promote Barnard’s rural quality of life. Photo: © Emily Howe

Picking up a coffee and stopping for a chat at the Barnard General Store – a historic building and focal point of the community. The building is now owned by the Barnard Community Trust, a local non-profit formed to save the store and promote Barnard’s rural quality of life. Photo: © Emily Howe

Planning Docs: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/town-of-barnard/
Demographic Info: 
http://www.trorc.org/towns/town-of-barnard/