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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 March


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.


Tai Chi - 6 sessions 3/13/17 - 3/30/17

Dates: 3/13, 3/16, 3/20, 3/23, 3/27, 3/30 Open to all ages, geared to an older population. Pre-registration required by contacting Denise at pdricker@comcast.net. Led by Denise Ricker, a fitness teacher since 1995 and a personal trainer since 2005. Denise is an AFAA and ACE certified instructor. Co-sponsored by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA), and Tai Chi Vermont.


Green Mountain Film Festival 3/17/17 - 3/26/17

Celebrating 20 years in 2017, the Green Mountain Film Festival is the longest running arts event in Montpelier. GMFF showcases the best of the best in narrative, documentary and short film, as well as hosts Q&A sessions, memorable guests and a welcoming atmosphere over a full 10-day schedule. GMFF brings the world to you. Join us for our 20th anniversary celebration!


Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks 3/25/17 - 3/26/17

Sugar-on-snow 10am-4pm both days Sap boiled hotdogs noon-2pm both days. Proceeds will benefit Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. Barr Hill Gin onsite serving Vermont cocktails Saturday, noon-4pm. Maple Bakeoff Saturday 10am-4pm (Bring prepared maple dishes and get a free pint of maple syrup. Winner gets a grand prize). SunCommon Solar demonstrations all day Saturday. North Branch Vineyards wine tasting Sunday, noon-4pm.


Author Reading: Richard Adams Carey In The Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town 3/27/17 - 3/27/17

Join author Richard Adams Carey as he discusses his true-crime tale of the 62-year-old carpenter named Carl Drega who murdered four leading citizens in the little town of Colebrook, New Hampshire, way up near Canada.


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