Berlin: Barre-Montpelier Road


Advertising map of the Barre-Montpelier Road, 1990
This collection documents the development of US Route 302 between Barre and Montpelier, Vermont, known as the Barre-Montpelier Road. What was once a country road linking the two cities through the town of Berlin, Vermont, became a commercial strip during the mid-20th century.

The collection also includes images of Barre's North Main Street and Montpelier's River Street, which are located at either end of Berlin's Barre-Montpelier Road. Historic images of these roads are paired with photographs taken by intern Emma Norman in August 2021.

This collection is divided into three parts: the 1975 black-and-white photographs of Kenneth Brown, postcards of motels and restaurants along the strip, and other historic images of the road.

Image courtesy of Resort Maps, Inc., 1990.


  • Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Society, Barre, Vermont

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Barre-Montpelier Road Looking East
View of the Barre-Montpelier Road looking east toward Barre from the approximate location of today's Burger King at 1331 Barre-Montpelier Road. The stacked lumber is near where a large building that houses the Vermont Lottery Commission and Express…

Barre-Montpelier Road, 1990
View of the Barre-Montpelier Road looking toward Montpelier, 1990. Many traffic lights and directional signs hang overhead. Sings for McDonald's, Firestone, Harry's, Burger King, and a Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge dealer can be seen.

Wayside Postcard 2
Color postcard of The Wayside Restaurant on Route 302 in Berlin, Vermont. The photograph features wood siding on the left side of the restaurant, large windows, the Wayside lettering on the brick chimney, along with an empty parking lot and hillside…