Harry B. Barrett grew up on a farm in Woodhouse Township, north of Port Dover. Harry graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph, in 1949 with a BSA degree in Animal Husbandry to join his father as a partner in the management of the family farms. In 1959 Harry began teaching Agricultural Science in Hagersville and later in Simcoe. In 1969 he was asked to set up the Norfolk School of Agriculture in Simcoe as a division of Fanshawe College, where he co-ordinated and taught in the farm business management program for eleven years.
Harry is a conservationist , historian and a practical naturalist, with a love for, and a determination to preserve the Long Point Country. He is past Founding President of both the Norfolk Field Naturalists and the Dover Mills Heritage Association. Harry is a past President of the Norfolk Historical Society and served as executive member of the Ontario Historical Society. He also served as Provincial appointee on the Long Point Region Conservation Authority and was founding Chairman of the Long Point Foundation for Conservation. Harry served as a director of the Federation Of Ontario Naturalists and in 1986 was appointed to the Ontario Heritage Foundation where he chaired the Niagara Escarpment Committee and served on the Carolinian Canada Committee and the Natural Heritage Committee.
Harry has written The 19th Century Journals and Paintings of William Pope, The Lore and Legend of Long Point, Murray and Me, The Navy and Me, They Had a Dream, a history of the St. Williams Forestry Station and The Parish of St. Paul’s, as well as booklets, newspaper articles and weekly newspaper columns on Nature and Local History.