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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 October

Story Walk: Peace of the Wild Things 10/15/14 - 10/22/14
The Poetry StoryWalk®, Peace of the Wild Things, by Wendell Berry with accompanying artwork by local artisans will be posted on the grounds of the Kellogg Hubbard Library starting on Wednesday, October 15th. The calligraphy was done by Skye Forest and the artwork was photographed by Annie Tiberio Cameron. The Poetry StoryWalk® begins at the front entrance to the library, it is a self-guided exhibit, there is no charge. It will remain posted on the library grounds until Wednesday, October 22nd. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Jewish Identity Film - With Rick Winston 10/23/14 - 10/23/14
For many decades, Hollywood's attitude toward Jewish issues was one of reticence, if not neglect. This changed in the late 1960s with the end of the studio system and the emergence of several young writer-directors who displayed confident and complex viewpoints on Jewish identity. I'll discuss the work of four of the best-known of these filmmakers, using clips from several films. Among the subjects covered will be: the Holocaust (Lumet’s The Pawnbroker, Mazursky’s Enemies, a Love Story, Brooks’ The Producers); family life (Mazursky’s Next Stop Greenwich Village, Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors); autobiography (Next Stop Greenwich Village, Allen’s Radio Days); politics and culture (Lumet’s Daniel , Allen’s Annie Hall). co-sponsored by the Beth Jacob Synagogue

Pumpkin Carving Contest & Pie Sale 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
Pumpkins are on site and free. Yummy pies for sale from local community members and restaurants.

Halloween Trick or Treat 10/31/14 - 10/31/14
Halloween trick or treat with downtown merchants. Visit our stores and restaurants and trick-or-treat in a safe and place!

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