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“Feel the history in the oldest state capital building in the U.S.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vermont State House

Vermont State House
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Montpelier
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Owner description: Gold dome building located in Montpelier.
Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Feel the history in the oldest state capital building in the U.S.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

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!

Visited July 2011
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“A Great State Capitol Building!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

No reservations required for a guided tour. We parked in a visitor's lot across the street. There is on-street metered parking.

Tour guide, with a British accent, was knowledgeable about all aspects of the Capitol and American politics. She allowed us to sit in the actual seats of the House and the Senate.

This is actually the third buidling, since the first was too small and the second burned down, except for the marble facade. Lots of beauty inside. Very colorful carpets. Governor's real office is located down the street since there really isn't much room in this Capitol for his staff.

My wife and I are in the process of visiting all 50 state capitols and we were quite impressed with the Augusta State Capitol.

This is a must see and it is free!

Visited July 2011
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Good tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2010

We took the free volunteer-led tour of the building which takes less than an hour. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the architecture, art, history and political aspects of the building. She spoke clearly and was able to answer the many varied questions posed by tour participants.

The building is smaller than many State House/Capitols but like most is interesting and worth the visit. The setting (on a rise above the street) with a lawned approach is attractive.

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Atlanta, GA
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“Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

You don't even have to go inside (I didn't) although that would be good too--it's just worth a visit, as the capitol of our 14th United State. It's a gorgeous building with a beautiful park in front, and pretty trees all around. Plus, you're right next to the history museum (a must-see!) and you can walk around Montpelier as well.

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Bay City, Michigan
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“Gold Dome a must see....................”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2008

We visited the Capitol building of Vermont, located on Montpelier. We thought the gold dome was beautiful and very unique, after having seen many state Capitol buildings. The building is quite simple, with a Greek Rivival architecture , and that just makes that gold dome shine even more! The building itself is constructed of Vermont granite, of course, and has some lovely lawns surrounding it. It was a beautiful fall day that we visited, and many families were using the lawn for picnics, frisbee throwing, and just running around with their children. So, for history lovers, architecture lovers, government/political lovers, this might be a great sight for you to see.

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