Colonel John Barr and his wife Ruth loved their 58-acre property along the Isinglass River in Barrington and wanted to share its beauty and natural wonders with the community. So they and a group of citizens worked together to create the approximately 3 mile long Barrington Trail that includes nearly a mile of the Barr property’s scenic river frontage.
Colonel Barr passed away several years ago, and in addition to his great service to our country, he and his family left the Barrington Trail for the public to enjoy. With his passing, his Colorado based daughter needs to sell the property, and she has been gracious enough to allow time for the Town of Barrington and Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) to raise the funds necessary to conserve the property and the public’s access to the Barrington Trail.
With a $150,000 award from LCHIP, Colonel Barr’s vision is that much closer to becoming permanent. “The town has been working for many years to protect frontage along the Isinglass River, and the permanent protection of the Barr property represents a very significant milestone in that process,” said Barrington Conservation Commission Chair John Wallace. “It will protect water, fish and wildlife, and provide opportunities for passive recreation to the public for generations to come.”
photo by Mark West