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Visit the state capital of Vermont for a look at the State House (capitol), a comely classical structure modeled on the Grecian Temple of Theseus.



Montpelier was settled in 1787 and named in honor of Montpellier, France, because of French aid to the American revolutionary cause.

Set by the Winooski River 8.4 miles (13.5 km) northwest of Barre and 39 miles (63 km) southeast of Burlington (map), Montpelier became the capital of Vermont in 1805, and government has been its main industry since then.

The Vermont State House will surprise you: it's so small, but then you'll notice that the capital city, Montpelier, is pretty small too—in fact, the smallest state capital in the USA (pop. 7,855). This hints at the fact that you are in the midst of the most rural state in the Union, 48th in population (626,000 Vermonters in all, spread through almost 10,000 square miles/26,000 square kilometers).

A Vermont schoolchild once wrote that in Vermont "the trees are close together and the people are far apart."

The State House is constructed of Vermont granite from nearby Barre, but the dome is of wood covered in gilded copper. More...

While you're in Montpelier, it's worth going the few miles to neighboring Barre to visit a granite quarry, and also Hope Cemetery, filled with the fascinating, fanciful, artistic gravestone monuments created by Barre's master stonecarvers. More...

Where to Stay

Montpelier has several good hotels, inns and B&Bs, and the official state tourist office.


Located just off Interstate 89, Montpelier is served by Amtrak's daily Vermonter train, and Greyhound Lines runs buses from Boston MA via Manchester NH and White River Junction VT to Montpelier and Burlington (Essex Junction). From New York City, take a Greyhound bus to White River Junction and change there for the Montpelier bus. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan


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State House, Montpelier, Vermont

The Vermont State House (capitol)
in Montpelier VT.

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