In the song "Barrytown" recorded by Steely Dan on the 1974 album Pretzel Logic, Donald Fagen, an alumnus of nearby Bard College, refers to Barrytown. The lyrics disparage the residents, allegedly a reference to the seminary.
In the book Count Zero by William Gibson, one of the main characters, Bobby Newmark (aka, Count Zero) is from Barrytown.
Key early works of artist Gary Hill were created while living on Station Hill Road (1977-1984), initially as a tenant of artist/poet George Quasha and artist Susan Quasha, where Hill's award-winning works were filmed in their Stained Glass Studio: Why Do Things Get in a Muddle? (Come On Petunia) (1984) and, returning to Barrytown, collaborating with poets George Quasha and Charles Stein, Tale Enclosure (1985) and Figuring Grounds (1985/2008): works viewable at Gary Hill Video.
George Quasha, Susan Quasha and Charles Stein are current residents and collaborate in editing and publishing Station Hill Press, founded in 1977, publishers of hundreds of titles internationally in the arts and other subjects dedicated to exploring human alternatives.