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 December

Mary Admasian - Shadowlands 10/5/16 - 12/30/16

SHADOWLANDS is a new collection of paintings, sculptures and assemblages. Admasian’s work embodies intuitive expressions through abstraction. These paintings are created on birch panels. Her application technique of spray-paint, acrylic paint, watercolor pencil, graphite, colored pencil, and cold wax materials creates a surface that layers the visual imagery of each painting. The artist created her assemblages and small sculptures with found objects and materials from the natural environment. Her use of rusted metals, thread, and barbed wire has skillfully created a relationship between materials.

VFW Craft Fair 10/15/16 - 10/15/16

Crafts Food Antiques Collectibles

December Art Exhibits 12/1/16 - 12/31/16

“Pastel Paintings” Art exhibit by Grace W. Greene Karen Kitzmiller Room The art reception will take place on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. “Streams of Consciousness: A Fishing Tale of Discovery” Photo exhibit by Linda Hogan and Rachel Senechal Hayes Room “Tell Yourself a Tale” Story paintings in acrylic and colored pencil by Lynn Spencer Non-Fiction Room This exhibit is a part of Celebrating Berlin

12th Annual Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market 12/10/16 - 12/10/16

With nearly 50 Vermont artisans, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is on Saturday December 10 at Montpelier City Hall. Buy your holiday gifts from Vermont craftspeople while helping to raise money with an amazing raffle benefiting the Family Center of Washington County. There are raffle prizes from every single vendor as well as wonderful grand prizes. The Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is fully accessible and admission is free to all. http://www.touchofvt.org

Holiday Book Sale 12/10/16 - 12/21/16

Holiday Book Sale Sale opens on Saturday, December 10 from 10:30am – 5:30pm. The sale will continue through Saturday, January 21. Stop by and find the perfect holiday gift for friends, family, or even yourself! The books are arranged by genres for easy choosing. Pricing is as follows: hardcovers, CDs and DVDs are $2 apiece, softcovers are $1, mass markets and magazines are 50¢. A special collection of $5 and $10 books can be found in the front lobby.

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