Barry County is located in southwest Missouri and is one of 114 counties. It is home to over 35,597 residents.
Barry County includes 55,187 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest. The county has a total area of 791 square miles of which 779 square miles of it is land and 12 square miles of it is water.
The county was organized in 1835. It was named after William Taylor Barry from Kentucky who was a United States Postmaster General.
Cassville is the county seat for Barry County. Cassville’s Main Street was once "Old Wire Road" which followed the first telegraph line in 1859. Both Union and Confederate troops used the route during the Civil War. Between October 31 and November 7, 1861 Cassville served as the Confederate Capital of Missouri.
Nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, Barry County has the best of everything! Beautiful natural scenery, which includes Roaring River State Park and Table Rock Lake, and various manufacturing companies, poultry and cattle farms, makes both tourists and residents enjoy their time in the laid back and relaxing atmosphere.
The mostly rural county is made up of people who are proud, have a strong work ethic, a friendly disposition and a caring heart.