About Montpelier Vermont
Montpelier provides small town charm with big city flavor. Exquisite historic buildings are home to Vermont’s state government, shopping, commerce and world-class dining and arts. Outstanding outdoor recreation is within minutes of the downtown. Montpelier is the largest urban historic district in Vermont. The crown jewel is the impeccably restored State House – one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. Three blocks away is the city’s unique business district. Linger at independently-owned shops offering books, recordings, clothing, fine crafts and pastries, or dine in one of the many restaurants, cafes or delis in the city.
Theater & Film
The thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as being one of the best 100 small towns in the United States. Lost Nation Theater stages 6 months of professional performances each year in City Hall Auditorium. Montpelier Alive ensures the city hosts great music performances and events almost every month. The arts cinema, Savoy Theater, also produces the World Cinema series and the Green Mountain Film Festival in March, drawing movie connoisseurs from far and wide. Several downtown venues present live entertainment every weekend and most week nights as well. Warm weather brings Wednesday night band concerts on the State House lawn, a pocket park music series, and 3rd Thursdays – all great reasons to visit downtown Montpelier.
Museums & Galleries
Then, there are museums and galleries sprinkled throughout downtown Montpelier. City Hall houses the U.S.S. Montpelier naval museum. The Vermont Historical Society Museum’s award-winning exhibit “Freedom and Unity” provides a captivating window on Vermont’s past, while the T. W. Wood Gallery and The Center for Arts & Learning is not to be missed as they rotate art on display regularly.
Nestled in a valley at the confluence of 2 rivers and sheltered by surrounding hillsides, Montpelier also offers ample recreational opportunities. A bike path follows the Winooski River. The North Branch River Park offers almost 200 acres of gentle trails and access to miles of challenging cross-country skiing or walking. Hubbard Park, the city’s premier forested park, with great views, a stone observatory, and trails, is a short walk from the State House.
History of Montpelier
Montpelier, the capital of the state of Vermont, is situated on the Winooski River in the central part of the state. It is the smallest capital city in the United States.
Montpelier’s first settler was Colonel Jacob Davis, who built a log cabin in 1787 or 1788. The charter for Montpelier was given to Colonel Davis and others on August 14, 1781, and the charter for Calais was given to essentially the same group of people on the next day. The choice of names is probably due to the generally good feelings Americans had towards France following the Revolutionary War, and the fact that Colonel Davis found the names generally appealing.
In 1848, the legislature divided the town into two new entities: Montpelier and East Montpelier. Montpelier was given a city charter in 1895.
Montpelier was chosen to become the permanent state capital in 1805, after some strenuous debate, due to its central location. When the time came to build a new capitol in 1831, the citizens of Montpelier pledged $15,000 to support its construction, preventing the state government from being transferred to any of the other five competing cities. When the second capitol burned down in 1857, there was considerable support for moving the capital to Burlington, but Montpelier carried the day. The third Vermont Statehouse, which still stands, was 25 percent larger than the one it replaced, but still modest by the standards of other states.
Admiral George Dewey of Manila Bay fame was born in Montpelier on December 26, 1837. After the Spanish-American war, Dewey was given an enormous homecoming celebration on October 12, 1899, in Montpelier. Three ships of the U.S. Navy have borne the name Montpelier, and the city has a USS Montpelier museum to commemorate their exploits.
Montpelier is home to Vermont College, the first campus in the nation dedicated entirely to brief-residency programs. It is affiliated with Union Institute and University. The T. W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center is located on the campus of Vermont College. The Vermont Historical Society Museum in Montpelier is located in the Pavilion Building.
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