Sunday, March 8, 2009
Montpelier, Vermont: State Capitol
A visit to Montpelier is a reminder of what a small state Vermont is, at least in terms of population. There certainly aren't many state office buildings around, at least as compared to Vermont's capital neighbor, Albany, New York. It's a big jump from running state government to running, say, the United States of America -- as Howard Dean found out in his Presidential campaign of 2004.
The capitol has the best spots in town, and is suitably decorated with statues -- like this one of Ethan Allen, one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War. Be sure to look for the water mark of a flood on the steps of the building.
Just up the road, by the way, is a working maple syrup farm. Just stop at the visitors information center down the street from the capitol for details.