The Scottish immigrants that were
drawn to Barre's granite industry were responsible for making
possible the statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns that sits in
front of what used to be Barre's Spaulding Graded School. Sculptor
J. Massy Rhind originally started the statue to commemorate the
100th anniversary of Burn's death, although it wasn't actually
unveiled until July 24, 1899 in front of a crowd of 10,000.
The statue itself stands atop a giant Barre granite base that
is covered with intricate bas-relief depicting Burn's poetry.