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.
In celebration of Black History Month, please bring your poetry books and join local poet Toussaint St. Negritude for an open reading-in-the-round of your favorite African-American poets. All are welcome to read, share, and rejoice in our community’s broad celebration of literary diversity. This program is free and open to folks of all ages in the community.
Our Central Vermont community sled hockey team needs your support! We will be hosting our second NESHL league game and we would like your help in growing our sport. Please bring your family and friends to watch athletes from across New England showcase their talents in this exciting new sport.
“Bag It” follows everyman Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who takes a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. Are plastic bags really necessary? What are plastic bags made from? What happens to plastic bags after they are discarded? What he learns quickly grows far beyond plastic bags. 74 minutes. Members of Citizens Against Plastic Pollution will facilitate discussion after the film.
Adapted from the award-winning novel “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” by Kent Nerburn. The film follows a white author who is summoned by a Lakota elder named Dan to help him write a book. The film takes readers to the heart of the Native American experience. As the story unfolds, Dan speaks eloquently on the difference between land and property, the power of silence, and the selling of sacred ceremonies. 150 minutes; directed by Steven Lewis Simpson