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.
Quick Facts About Montpelier
Latitude / Longitude: 44.26 N / 72.57 W
Zip Code(s): 05601, 05602, 05603, 05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
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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Vermont Events in May
Reading Faulkner: Go Down Moses 5/19/15 - 6/17/15
Bob Barasch will present themes of the 1942 Faulkner novel “Go Down, Moses” in a three-part series. The book chronicles the decline of the McCaslin family while exploring “the relationship between white and negro races here.” As in all of Faulkner's works, the real struggle is not only within one of the named families, but within the human family itself. Tuesdays, May 19, June 2, and June 16. The library has copies of the book. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird FEST 5/30/15 - 5/30/15
Early morning bird walks Bird banding demonstrations Bird drawing and photography contests Bird carving demonstrations Learn more about our 4th annual festival celebrating birds at NBNC!
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