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: 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 October

The Karen Kitzmiller Room & The Non-Fiction Room 9/1/17 - 10/31/17

Win this great collection of items to beautify your yard, grow fruit and compost your waste. Green Cone, Composter, wheel barrow, rake, gloves, plum tree, grape vine, rose bush, raspberry bushes, hand tools, $25 gift certificate from Montpelier Agway, leaf bags and gardening book all donated by local businesses. Tickets are $2 apiece, 6 for $10 or 15 for $20 and can be purchased at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Drawing is October 31.

Siegfried Must Die! C.G. Jung and the Shadow; an exposition of Jung’s relationship with his patient, colleague and Anima, Sabina Spielrein. 10/3/17 - 10/24/17

This four- part course taught by Peter Burmeister, psychotherapist, will examine the Siegfried myth in the light of the Jung/Spielrein drama. In so doing Burmeister will discuss how the apparent content of a dream may obscure rather than inform the deepest reaches of the unconscious psyche. Tuesdays, October 3,10,17,24; course is free, but please register by calling 802 223-3338.

Author Reading & Book Signing: Water Ways by William O’Daly and JS Graustein 10/19/17 - 10/19/17

Water Ways, a collection of poems by William O’Daly with essays and photographs by JS Graustein. Its poems, essays, and photographs reflect on unique perspectives of beauty from the Connecticut Lakes to the Seacoast, Otter Brook to the Salmon Falls River, and the circumnavigation of Lake Winnipesaukee. William O’Daly is the author of The Road to Isla Negra (Folded Word) and The Whale in the Web (Copper Canyon Press). He has also translated eight poetry collections by Pablo Neruda for Copper Canyon Press, with a ninth due out in October. He lives in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. JS Graustein holds a Master of Science degree in ecology. She is the author of How to Write an Exceptional Thesis or Dissertation (Atlantic Publishing Group) and the calligrapher for Folded Word’s haiku collections. She lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Growing a Poem from Idea to Literary Art with Rick Agran 10/26/17 - 10/26/17

Find words to imagine, invent, narrate, and captivate. Explore the musicality of language's rhythm and rhyme. Writing Your "PoemCity" poem is designed to help you grow an idea, story, or feeling into a poem. Second in three-part series.

Autumn Onion 5k 10/29/17 - 10/29/17

Run from ghouls, ghosts, and terrifyingly fast runners at our Autumn Onion 5k Costume Race – Sunday, October 29th at 9:00am at Onion River Sports! Join the fun on Halloween weekend and race through downtown Montpelier in your best costume – all ages and abilities welcome! Categories for adults, kids, and runners with strollers, plus prizes for age group winners and best costume! Start time: 9:00am Day-of registration opens at 7:30am in the ORS parking lot and closes 15 minutes prior to 9am race start. Registration: Pre-registration: $5 kids, $10 adults, $15 adults with strollers. Pre-register at RunReg by Friday, October 27 at 4:00pm. Day-of registration: $10 kids, $15 adults, $20 adults with strollers Course: the course starts and finishes at Onion River Sports. View the map here! Photos: Check out last year’s photos! Contact: For more information, contact events@onionriver.com or Tristan at (802) 229-9409. A portion of Proceeds to benefit the Cross Vermont Trail

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