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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 October

Pumpkin Carving Contest & Pie Sale 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
Pumpkins are on site and free. Yummy pies for sale from local community members and restaurants.

Halloween at the Library 10/25/14 - 10/25/14
Wear your costume and get ready for some Halloween fun, Library style! Story and activities. All ages.

Chair Yoga Class and Book Signing with Jeanne Erlbaum 10/28/14 - 10/28/14
Join yoga and meditation teacher Jeanie Erlbaum in celebrating her new book “Sit with Less Pain”. Jeanie will offer a brief talk followed by 30 minute sample chair yoga class based on the techniques in her book. Participants can purchase the Sit with Less Pain book and companion CDs at the event, and Jeanie will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her book after the talk. Free and open to all. For more info, please contact Jean at 413-773-9474 (or)

Two Friends Read Poetry: Andy Potok/Barry Goldensohn 10/29/14 - 10/29/14
Join Andy Potok and Barry Goldensohn as they read from their books: My Father’s Keeper is Potok’s novel, and The Hundred Yard Dash Man is a book of poetry by Goldensohn. Books will be on sale.

StoryWalk Halloween 10/31/14 - 10/31/14
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is joining the StoryWalk® Project in celebrating Halloween by posting a picture book entitled “The LittleOld Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams. On October 31st, the pages from this wonderful children's book will be up from 10 am to 6 pm on the library grounds for all to enjoy at no cost. This story is great for preschoolers through 8 year olds, though people of all ages enjoy this delightful story. The StoryWalk® is candy-free The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

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