Vermont's golden domed state capital building, circa 1859, in Montpelier is one of my favorite places in the state. Tours are regularly scheduled from June to mid-October through the building, the oldest working state capital in the U.S. The stunning black and white lobby floor is made of Vermont marble complete with fossils. A tour is worth it just to experience a deeper sense of the history that has shaped this small feisty state. A bust of Lincoln presides over the Hall of Inscriptions, a study done in preparation for the larger work at Lincoln's tomb. A statue of Green Mountain boy Ethan Allen is on the verandah. There's nothing quite like standing in the state legislature though, amid the desks where decision making happens. Very cool indeed!
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