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Montpelier, Vermont

Montpelier, Vermont
As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier (pronounced mont-peel-yer) is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. The population was 8,035 at the 2000 census. By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States. Montpelier is also home to the Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Montpelier is located in a picturesque valley along the Winooski River in Central Vermont and is very accessible by car, train, and air. Located on the I-89 Interstate, Montpelier can be reached from both Boston and Montreal in less than 3 hours.

Industry in Montpelier, Vermont
Since the city's establishment as capital in 1805 the primary business in Montpelier has been government, and by the mid-nineteenth century government and life and fire insurance. Today, Montpelier is home to the New England Culinary Institute, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival and the headquarters of several insurance companies. The majority of businesses in the downtown area are locally owned.

An annual local vernacular culture phenomenon, the Valentine Bandit, a tradition of covering downtown storefronts and public buildings with red hearts each February 14, began in Montpelier in the 1990s.


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Quick Facts About Montpelier

County: Washington
Latitude / Longitude: 44.26 N / 72.57 W
Zip Code(s): 05601, 05602, 05603, 05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
Incorporated: 1895
Population (2010): 7,855
Elevation: 525 feet | Land Area: 10.2 miles
Town Clerk: 802-223-9500
Major Hospitals: Central Vermont Medical Center (3.3 miles SE), Fletcher Allen Hospital (38.9 miles NW)
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport (35.9 miles NW)
Amtrak Stations: Montpelier Junction
Colleges/Universities: Community College of Vermont, New England Culinary Institute (NECI), Vermont College of Fine Arts. Nearby: Norwich University (10.8 miles SW), Goddard College (10.5 miles NE) Top Employers: State of Vermont, National Life Group, Vermont Mutual Insurance, New England Culinary Institute (NECI), Vermont College of Fine Arts, Community College of Vermont (CCV), Goddard College, Norwich University.
Tourist Attractions: Vermont State House, Vermont Historical Society Museum, Montpelier Historic District, The Capital Region's Welcome Center, Hubbard Park, T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, North Branch Nature Center, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Nearby: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour (13.0 miles NW), Birthplace of: Patrick Leahy (born 1940), US senator.

Fun Fact: Did you know Montpelier is the only state capital in the US without a McDonald's!

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 5: Central Vermont | Middlesex (2.2 miles NW) | East Montpelier (2.0 miles NE) | Plainfield (2.8 miles E) | Moretown (2.8 miles W) | Barre (2.4 miles SE) | Berlin (1.8 miles SW)

Vermont Events in November

First Wednesdays: Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, the Making of Modernism 11/5/14 - 11/5/14
How did these two great creative visionaries of Modernism—Picasso and Stein—come into their own? Dartmouth professor Barbara Will examines their early friendship and mutual artistic influences.

Take Two Sonnets and Call Me in the Morning: a personal story by Shakespeare scholar Tom Blachly 11/6/14 - 11/6/14
Hear a revealing tale of one man's bone-deep love of Shakespeare's work, and how it dramatically cured his blues, banished his boredom and virtually saved his life. Through his autobiographical talk on this restorative journey, Tom will reflect on the Bard's enduring impact on art, language and the powers of human reason. Take a guided plunge into the invigorating universe of Shakespeare's masterfully crafted plays and sonnets. Come if you're a fan of Shakespeare's work, or you'd like a deeper appreciation of it. Come if you're just curious to hear Tom's personal story. Tom has written roughly 40 plays, which include a cycle of nineteen 5-act works about American history inspired by Shakespeare's English history cycle. He has directed plays for over 30 years at Unadilla Theater in East Calais, Vermont, and through the group called Shakespeare in the Hills, which he formed with friends, he has mounted numerous productions and run a summer camp for young thespians.

LGBTQ Book Discussion: Stuck in the Middle with You 11/10/14 - 11/10/14
“Stuck in the Middle with You” will start off this season’s LGBTQ reading series. Boylan has written over 13 books and has made many television appearances, including as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. One of her most recent and intimate books, “Stuck in the Middle with You” tells the story of her transformation from fatherhood to motherhood through her own experiences as a transgender woman and interviews with other parents. Plenty of copies of “Stuck in the Middle with You” are available at the library to check out with your card! Co-sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

Apples of Uncommon Character 11/13/14 - 11/13/14
Apples of Uncommon Character is Rowan Jacobsen’s celebration of the incredible diversity and utility of Malus domestica. A two-time James Beard Award winner and a perennial presence in the Best Food Writing anthology, he writes for Orion, Mother Jones, Harper’s, Outside, Yankee and many other publications. His other books include A Geography of Oysters, Fruitless Fall and American Terroir.

Four very different poets will each read for 15 minutes from their current work and be available afterwards for discussion. Discussion to follow. 11/24/14 - 11/24/14
Four very different poets will each read for 15 minutes from their current work and be available afterwards for discussion. Discussion to follow. Merry Gangemi holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in comparative literature from San Francisco State University. She completed her undergraduate degree at New York University and is currently director of the Woodbury Community Library, in Woodbury, VT. Her work has appeared in national journals and magazines in the US and The UK. Marjorie Ryerson is an award-winning author of numerous books, and a published poet. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches poetry at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf writing campus. She currently is a Selectman in Randolph and a Vermont State Representative. Samn Stockwell has been widely published, and her two books, Theater of Animals and Recital, won the National Poetry Series and the Editor’s Prize at Elixir, respectively. Her manuscript Our Common History was a finalist at Four Way books and recent work has been published in Mudlark, Raritan, and Threepenny Review. She has an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College. Martha Zweig’s work has received Hopwood and Whiting awards. Poetry magazine featured three of her poems in 2010. Her collections include Monkey Lightning, Tupelo Press, 2010; What Kind, Wesleyan University Press, 2003; Vinegar Bone, Wesleyan University Press, 1999 and Powers, the Vermont Arts Council, 1976. A fifth collection is making the rounds. Her MFA is from Warren Wilson College.

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