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. 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
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: 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 June

Summer Book Sale 5/27/17 - 7/8/17

Stop by for great books at great prices! Open during library hours. Check out the Special Treasures collection of $5 and $10 books in the front lobby.

VT Professional Photographers Exhibit 5/30/17 - 6/30/17

Vermont Professional Photographers Association Member Exhibit T.W. Wood Gallery May 30, 2017-June 30th, 2017 The T. W. Wood Gallery at 46 Barre St in Montpelier, Vermont is pleased to an exhibit of the Vermont Professional Photographers (VPP) association member show. The exhibit runs from Tuesday May 30th through Friday, June 30th with an opening reception on Thursday June 1st. The VPP association was founded in 1929 and is the local Vermont branch of the national organization, Professional Photographers of America. The members are dedicated to the promotion of their profession, through the education and enrichment on current practices in the field of professional photography. They strive to serve the public with high quality images and professional and ethical business practices. Also on exhibit at the Gallery is the “A Change in the Weather” exhibit, works of Adelaide Tyrol and Richard Murphy along with artwork from the T.W. Wood Permanent Collection. The Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and by appointment. The Gallery is located at 46 Barre Street at the Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier, VT. For more information contact the Gallery’s Director Ginny Callan at 802-262-6035 twwoodgallery@gmail.com or go to www.twwoodgallery.org

“The Leftovers”: June Art Exhibit 6/1/17 - 6/30/17

Stencil and spray paint designs by artist DJ Barry Karen Kitzmiller Room & The Non-Fiction Room On display through the month of June during library hours.

Build a Better World – 2017 Summer Reading Program 6/24/17 - 8/19/17

Presented by the Kellogg-Hubbard Children’s Library. Stop by the Children’s Library between June 24-July 8th to receive your summer reading log. Completed reading log’s will be due to the Children’s Library by August 19th. You do not need to register for the reading program or be a library patron to participate in the summer programs. For a full list of the Summer Programs and Camps go to www.kellogghubbard.org/kid-space or call the Children’s Library 802-223-4665. Some of the programs and camps may require pre-registration as space may be limited.

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