Why Barr's Insurance

Protecting the American Dream since 1873


Our History 

Barr’s Insurance was started in 1873 in Oil City, PA, birthplace of the oil industry. It is told that between the years 1870 and 1872, an emissary of the newly formed Travelers Insurance rambled into the oil fields of Northwestern PA and made the acquaintance of Wilson R. Barr.

There is no official record of this encounter other than the fact that in 1873 Wilson R. Barr was authorized to become one of the first agents for the Travelers Insurance Company. The initial policies issued covered accident-prone railroad trains of the decade.

It is here that Barr’s Insurance & the Travelers Insurance Company trace their origin. It is also here that the Barr’s legacy begins as the oldest independent Insurance Agency that has continuously represented Travelers Insurance Company.

Who We Are Now

Barr’s Insurance has grown through the years to a full service independent agency for all lines of insurance coverage. We strive to be the only resource for customers and consumers to consider when they are purchasing insurance.

We represent many insurance companies today and partner close with those companies to leverage the best products available. We also participate in agency advisory groups on both state and national basis. We are committed to professionalism in our industry and we embrace education programs and new technology.

Our staff is fully licensed to sell insurance in the state of Pennsylvania. Many of our agents have received additional insurance designations from the The Insurance Institute of America, the National Alliance and other top providers of educational programs.

We take great pride in our community involvement and giving back. We are a family oriented business and care a great deal about our clients and employees.

Protecting the American Dream since 1873

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