Montpelier, Vermont

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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. 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
Lat / Long: 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 Ctr (3.3 miles SE), Fletcher Allen Hospital (38.9 miles NW)
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport (35.9 miles NW)
Amtrak Stations: Montpelier Junction
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: Waterbury-Montpelier | 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

Down Home Kitchen's 3rd Birthday Party 9/15/18 - 9/15/19

All are invited to celebrate our third birthday at a retro-themed party complete with live swing music from Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats, cake, creemees, games, and swag! Plus there will be art for sale benefiting the Vermont ACLU. Bring your pooch, your old people, your young people, and savor a Vermont craft beer, wine, cocktails, and complimentary food while enjoying Down Home's porch on Langdon Street.

Madeleine Kunin Book Launch: 10/16/18 - 10/16/18

A reading and talk with Madeleine May Kunin, Vermont's first woman governor and author of the new memoir, "Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties" (Green Writers Press, Oct. 2018). Rep. Jill Kowinski (D-Chittenden) will give an introduction and talk about Emerge, an organization that helps women get involved in Vermont state politics. Refreshments by Cabot Cheese. Free and open to the public. A Vermont Arts Council "Vermont Arts 2018" program.

5K / 10K Trick or Trot Trail Run for the YWCA VT Camp Hochelaga 10/20/18 - 10/20/18

Please join us for our first kick off fundraiser celebrating our 100th year. 5K / 10K Trick or Trot Trail Run on Sat. October 20th at beautiful Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier, VT. We are pleased to welcome Newton Baker, accomplished runner and child advocate as our main speaker and guest runner for this event. SAP! Beverages, Maple Creemees and Kettle Corn for all runners! Pom Pom Hats for the first 50 to register! 9:00 am start. Costumes encouraged, but not required! Prizes awarded for race categories and costumes. Register at racewire.com. Not a runner? Be a virtual runner and make a donation! Visit ywcavt.org or racewire.com for more information. Like us on FB to stay up to date, or call our offices, we’d love to hear from you! 802-862-7520

Kekla Magoon Launch Party: 10/20/18 - 10/20/18

Join us for a launch party for Kekla Magoon for her newest middle grade novel "The Season of Styx Malone." Author reading, refreshments, book signing and Q&A. Free and open to the public.

Garrett Graff: 10/23/18 - 10/23/18

Author, journalist and historian Garrett Graff, who has conducted numerous interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller, will talk about his newest book, "Dawn of the Code War," and the larger Mueller/Russia investigation. His previous book, "The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller's FBI and the War on Global Terror," may also be discussed. Both are available at Bear Pond Books. With Q&A, refreshments, and book signing. Free and open to the public. A Vermont Arts 2018 Program of the Vermont Arts Council.

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