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 February

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.

Vermont Reads 2017 2/1/17 - 2/28/17

Copies of the Vermont Reads 2017 book, “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson, are now available at the library! Vermont Reads is a statewide reading program run by the Vermont Humanities Council.

February Art Exhibits 2/1/17 - 2/28/17

“Transfixed” - Oil paintings by tattoo artist, Lila Rees - Karen Kitzmiller Room. "The of a Dream" – Nature & portrait photography by Morgan Jacques - Non-Fiction Room.

Lunch in a Foreign Language 2/1/17 - 2/28/17

The Lunch in a Foreign Language group at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library is excited to announce the newest lunch: American Sign Language! This is a great opportunity to brush up on your foreign language skills. Bring a bag lunch and a language dictionary. All levels are welcome! Noon – 1pm (Mondays – American Sign Language / Tuesdays – Italian / Wednesdays – Spanish / Thursday – French )

Cabin Fever Spelling Bee 2/25/17 - 2/25/17

Join us for an evening of fun with our annual spelling bee for adults! We have two teams: a writer’s team of local authors/writers and a reader’s team of people who enjoy showing the world their spelling prowess. Want to join the readers' team? Sign up at the adult circulation desk. Want to be on the writer’s team? Send us an email at: rysenechal@kellogghubbard.org. Tickets are on sale at adult circulation desk. $12 now, $15 at the door.

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