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 January

Poem City-A Call for Poems 1/1/17 - 2/1/17

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is putting out a call for poetry submissions for PoemCity 2017. Submissions will be accepted through February 1st, 2017. During the month of April, selected poems will be displayed in shop windows throughout downtown Montpelier. More than just a text display, PoemCity is a month long celebration featuring poetry/art installations, as well poetry-related workshops and readings. Last year, the PoemCity calendar included 36 events. PoemCity 2017 is a presentation by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Follow us on poem-city.org / Facebook / Twitter. Poetry submissions are open to Vermonters of all ages. Submission Guidelines Below: 1. Deadline: February 1, 2017 2. Please send 1 to 3 poems as MS Word attachments. Poems must be submitted as separate documents but in one account. 3. Each poem must not exceed 24 lines. Submit poems here!

Alliance for Vermont Communities takes on New Vista’s Big Money 1/24/17 - 1/24/17

Gus Speth, Therese Linehan and Michael Sacca from the Alliance for Vermont Communities will give an overview of the proposed NewVistas mega-development and how the communities of Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge have responded. Kate McCarthy from the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) will join the conversation to reflect on the statewide implications for a project like New Vista. She will also give an overview of how local and regional planning works and can be used to shape development patterns, as well as, including information about Act 250. Co-sponsored by the Alliance for Vermont Communities and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

40th Army Band Concert Band performance 1/25/17 - 1/25/17

As part of the Farmer's Night concert series at the Vermont State House, the 40th Army Band will present a concert featuring traditional patriotic American tunes, as well as selections from David Holsinger and Gustav Holst.

I Ching with Baylen Slote 1/25/17 - 5/24/17

In this five day introductory workshop Baylen Slote will demystify this ancient Chinese oracle by breaking the cryptic language of divination back down to simple natural symbols. He will touch upon concepts such as the Taoist metaphysics and binary code which underlies everything from our genes to computer gaming systems. Workshop dates: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26 & May 24.

Building Sustainable Communities and Partnerships Half a World Away 1/26/17 - 1/26/17

Norwich University students and staff will present about their experience working with the Upendo Mmoja group in Tanzania and invite attendees to learn how they can also become involved in the partnership! Co-sponsored by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Norwich University.

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