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Town Name: Barnet 

Population: 1,663

Area: 43.6 SQ MILES

Brief History: The first town chartered in the region, Barnet received its charter from the royal governor of New Hampshire in September of 1763. Town residents played an active role in Vermont’s declaration of independence and the formation of the state constitution. It was named for the town of Barnet, England.

General Area Info: The town consists of five villages: Barnet Village, East Barnet, West Barnet, McIndoe Falls, and Passumpsic. The 7,000-acre Harvey’s Lake lies in the southwest part of the town, and the highest point is Roy Mountain at 2,103 feet. A hydroelectric dam is located in McIndoe Falls. Barnet is home to Karme Choling, a Tibetan meditation center and retreat.

Attractions:Harvey’s Lake Park & Beach, Karme Choling, Milarepa Center, Barnet Falls, Goodwillie House Museum

Recreational Activities: Swimming, Boating, Fishing

Fun Facts:

  • Mosquitoville, located south of Harvey’s Lake, and Barnet Center are hamlets within the town.
  • Two Vermont governors, Erastus Fairbanks, and Horace Fairbanks, were from Barnet.
  • When he was a young boy, ocean explorer and scuba inventor Jacques Cousteau spent time at Harvey’s Lake and experimented with being able to stay underwater by breathing through hollow reeds.


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  • K-8: Barnet School
  • High School: Choice

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