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Montpelier, Vermont

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
Latitude / Longitude: 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 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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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

What’s Up Your Sleeve, Grandpa? 3/9/15 - 3/9/15
Rob Mermin, founder of Circus Smirkus presents a hands-on “magic class” of easy-to-do tricks, puzzles, and homemade amusements to impress youngsters. Ordinary objects become magical! Surprise yourself and others! Experience that “Wow, Grandma is so cool!” reaction. You will learn how in the very first minute. No skill required! These are simple tricks of science and wonder that can immediately be taught to kids. Bring a notebook. For all ages and family members, but especially grandparents.

Community Cinema: The Homestretch 3/11/15 - 3/11/15
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. Their personal stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

The Dark Tale of Orville Gibson: A Vermont Mystery 3/12/15 - 3/12/15
Retired Barre judge Stephen B Martin presents the story of Orville Gibson, a Newbury farmer whose frozen body was found in the Connecticut River on March 26, 1958 and has remained a controversy for over half a century. The investigation into Gibson’s death and the subsequent trials and acquittals have made the case one of Vermont’s most famous “murder” investigations. Martin offers the fullest account of the events leading up to the victim’s disappearance and death in his new book The Dark Tale of Orville Gibson: A Vermont Mystery. He will give a presentation of the book, in addition to selling and signing copies of it at the event.

FREE TRAINING: Understanding Non-Profit Financials for Board Members 3/16/15 - 3/16/15
Are you on a non-profit board? Are you unsure of what the numbers mean when you get financial reports? Has anyone ever explained your financial management responsibilities as a board member? This presentation is for you! Non-profit staff are also welcome. Presented by Suzanne Eikenberry, a consultant specializing in non-profit financial services. For more information, contact Suzanne Eikenberry at

Growing Rice in Central Vermont 3/19/15 - 3/19/15
Growing rice in Vermont is possible and you can do it, too. Sjon Welters, of Rhapsody Natural Foods, speaks on how he has grown rice over the past 6 years and learn about rice cultivation - from a simple bucket to paddy-style. Sjon Welters started off growing rice with 30 seeds he'd gotten during a rice growing workshop at a NOFA conference 7 years ago. Now his family is eating their own Cabot-grown rice planted in paddies in the back of Rhapsody's tempeh shop. A Transition Town program.

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