Montpelier, Vermont

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Montpelier, VT

Montpelier is named after the French city of Montpelier and is the smallest US state capital. Its location in the geographic center of Vermont was key to its selection as the seat of government.

Montpelier is situated in the foothills of the Green Mountains. The city is approximately 35 miles southeast of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, less than 100 miles southeast of Montreal, and approximately 155 miles northwest of Boston. Interstate 89 runs alongside the city, and US 302 connects Montpelier with neighboring Barre and points east. Amtrak and several bus services connect the city with other Vermont cities and towns.

Incorporated in 1818, the falls on the Winooski River were an important factor in the city’s growth. The falls powered mills for a variety of 19th century industries, including lumber, furniture, carriages and sleighs. In 1884, the city built Vermont’s first water-powered system to generate electricity for street lamps.

While granite from nearby quarries is still processed in Montpelier today, the mills no longer drive the local economy. Government, insurance and tourism are now principal industries.

Montpelier’s historical attractions include the grand, gold-domed Vermont State House and the Vermont Museum maintained by the Vermont Historical Society. With its close proximity to the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, Montpelier also offers scenic appeal and outdoor activities.

Montpelier Weather

Average temperatures range from 7 degrees Fahrenheit to 25 degrees Fahrenheit in January, typically the coldest month, to 57 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in July, typically the warmest month. August tends to the rainiest month with an average rainfall of just over 4 inches, while February is usually the driest month with precipitation averaging just under 2 inches.

Current Montpelier Weather

Partly Cloudy
Saturday 02/24/2018 0%
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 40F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Ice Pellets
Sunday 02/25/2018 100%
Ice Pellets
A wintry mix in the morning will transition to mainly rain showers in the afternoon. High 37F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 100%. 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice expected.
Clear
Monday 02/26/2018 10%
Clear
A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 46F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Tuesday 02/27/2018 10%
Clear
Plentiful sunshine. High 47F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday 02/28/2018 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 49F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Photo credits: The picture of Montpelier is from Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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