M O N T P E L I E R , V E R M O N T
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Monday, October 4, 2004
City Manager's Office: 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm (eastern)
Population: 8,035 (2000 US Census)
Gender: 45.7% male, 54.3% female
Race: 96.6% White, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% African American, 2.0% Other
Median Income: $51,818
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The nation's smallest state capital, Montplier, Vermont is located within the heartland of pictureque Vermont. Providing employment for over 2300 state employees, the city is a cradle of government activity with the architecturally pleasing State House as its central hub. Montplier's historic look and feel, intimate size, and surrounding valley give a warm, hearty welcome to those who stay for a day, a month, or a lifetime. The city is best known for its historic and architectural riches, its many institutions of higher education, its national insurance company headquarters, and its close proximity to great ski resorts like Stowe or Sugarbush.
The inevitability of my Montplier tour became engraved in stone when I spied the golden dome of the State House from a distance. Intriqued by the ornate structure, I took a short respite from my travels, drove over beautiful Winoski River and into Vermont's Capital. I spent less than an hour in Montplier but my time there was definitely time well spent.
Please come tour with me but be prepared to travel back a few generations in time. If you do decide to follow along I promise the city will lure you in with its charming ways and old-fashioned, timeless character.
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