Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Capitol or Capital??

Montpelier is the capital of Vermont and the smallest state capital in the United States. My grandparents lived in Montpelier until I was about 10 years old. Every Sunday, after church, we would get in the car and drive the 35 miles to Montpelier for Roast Pork, mashed potatoes with gravy and spice cake. I am sure there were some vegetables (probably canned) in there somewhere, but I don't remember them. For supper we would have leftover pork with baked beans ( I had to eat 3, yes, three beans even though I never liked them) and delicious brown and serve rolls. Sometimes I would go and stay with my grandparents for a few days or a week and it would be noted in the Times Argus, the local paper, that" Miss Janet Bishop visited her grandparents, Mr and Mrs. Chauncy Alden at their home at 5 Pearl Street". Wasn't life simple then?? Montpelier is still a relatively simple place with more than its fair share of aging Hippies, some nice shops ( must be for the Legislators who come to the city from much smaller communities) and some really nice older neighborhoods. Come for a walk with me and Bob on a lovely late summer day. Sorry we never took a picture of the gold domed Capitol building; it's a beauty. Maybe next time.

The Post Office where my Grandfather was Postmaster. I think it has been redone since his tenure ( probably in the early 70s). He would be 125 years old this year!

What State Capital , other than Montpelier, has a 3 bay fire station??

Former City Hall, now a community theatre. Where is City Hall now??

Don't you just love this steeple?

My grandparents' former home. It seemed so much grander when I was a child :-)




  1. I wish I was there...wwaaahhhh!! I hope upon hope that next Fall will be our New England trip to see all of the beautiful color. :)

    How often do you visit...were you ever at Gesine Prado's Bakery?? She moved away for a bit, but I think she is back in Vermont....somewhere!

    Great photos...glad you had a nice time. :)


  2. Beautiful town...I'd love to visit there!
    Hugs, Susan

  3. oooh. words fail me. it just feels right. i miss the whole state!jkj

  4. Looks like a nice neat little town. I have a small hometown too. So many changes it is hard to believe. Your photos are great.

  5. A beautiful tour through town. It has been ages since i have been there and enjoyed your perspecitve on the place.

    Hope you are having a great weekend.

  6. Oh how I love your part of the world. And never more than atthis time of year. I so wish I could get back now but someday soon...

    NYC next Spring?? We will do this thing...


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