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Montpelier is located on the banks of the Winooski River in Washington County and it is the county seat. It is situated 34 miles southeast of Burlington in northcentral Vermont along Interstate 89.

Montpelier was chosen as the capital of Vermont in 1805, due to its proximity to the geographic center of the state. The town was incorporated in 1895. While known for its status as Vermont's capital city, Montpelier also is known for several colleges, national insurance company headquarters and its location in the vicinity of Vermont ski country.

Montpelier is home to many buildings included on the National Register of Historic Places; several can be seen on one of three walking tours. The city's arts community includes the Lost Nation Theater and the Onion River Arts Council. Another attraction in Montpelier is the Green Mount Cemetery, which includes many monuments carved by the area's granite carvers.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 7,734, a decrease of 513 since 1990.

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Taste of the Valley Plymouth NH March21 Experience all of your favorite local flavors. Several restaurants from the region will be there hoping to win your vote in the "Best in Show" competition.
Seacoast Home and Garden Show Durham NH March23-24 The 19th annual show features more than 225 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services for your home.
Green Mountain Film Festival Montpelier VT March22-31 Culture reigns at the Green Mountain Film Festival, featuring powerful programming on a wide range of subjects, interesting and often unexpected guests, and a convivial atmosphere.
Vermont Maple Festival St Albans VT April26-28 Pancake breakfast and maple buffet, the annual “Sap Run” race, exhibits and sugarhouse tours, antiques, crafts, cooking demonstrations, youth talent, fiddlers’ shows, and a Grand Parade featuring teen “Maple Ambassadors.”
Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor Manchester NH March17-May5 A display at the Currier Museum of Art shows the striking duality of deadly weaponry and artistic beauty from the Samurai culture of centuries past.
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival Deerfield NH May11-12 Each year the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival lines up a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Your family can take advantage of the many activities taking place throughout the weekend.