When we got up this morning, the campground's lake was nearly still … and extremely beautiful
and watched over by a great blue heron on the far side.
After breakfast, we struck out for Montpelier to visit Vermont's capitol (our 47th) with the ridgelines of the Green Mountains in the distance.
Depsite being opposed by New York, the Republic of Vermont was founded in 1777. The Declaration of Rights in its constitution, approved that year, was the first to abolish slavery in the United States.
The current State House is the state's third capitol building … the two previous ones falling victim to fires.
The Capitol Area of Montpelier is lovely. As we walked to the State House
The State House sits majestically on a small knoll, framed by a wall forest of green trees of Hubbard Park
On it's gounds there are two cannons,
and presented to the state by a native Vermonter, Admiral George Dewey.There is also a statue of Thomas Chittenden, the state's first governor (during its territorial period between 1775-1790 and after its statehoold beginning 1791 until his death in 1797)
Walking up the entrance sidewalk, of the third State House, which was built in the Renaissance Revival style the newly refurbrished (2018) dome gleamed in the sunlight.
Standing atop the dome is a 14 foot statue of Ceres, the Goddess of Agriculture … apropros of Vermont as historically being an agriculturally-based state.
The portico was the only salvageable portion of the second Capitol which burned in 1857.
Under the protico there is a cannon dating from the American Revolution that was taken from the German Hessens after the American victory at the Battle of Bennington
The entrance door is solid pine with their exteriors painted giving them the appearance of bronze while the interior sides are painted to resemble mahogany
The interior is furnished with finely crafted hardwood trim,
Notice how some of the detailed carving stops before the stairs go to the third floor
and Vermont black and white marble floors.
The white marble tiles were quarried in Danby, Vermont and the black tiles from Isla La Motte on Lake Champlain. The fossils visible on the black tiles come from the Chazy Fossil Reef and date back more than 480 million years
The chandeliers and sconces were designed and manufactured in Phliadelphia.
Along the hallways are photos of the states governors, inculding Howard Dean who didn't want to be depicted in a suit
a bust of Abraham Lincoln
those of the two presidents born in Vermonth (both of whom were elected as Vice Presidents and became Presidents on the death of the sitting presidents).
and a number of importnt quotations.
There is also a first floor exhibit recognizing the four indigenous tribes who lived in the terrotory which became Vermont prior to the Eurpopans' arrival.
Then we stumbled over something you rarely see anymore, these located in a rear hall.
Hallway Outside House Chamber
Lieutenant Governor's Office/Reception Room
Governor's Formal Office
Cedar Creek Reception Room
20' x 10' mural commemorates Vermont's finest moment in the Civil War, the Battle of Oak Creek (October 19, 1864)
Admiral George Dewey
As we left Montpelier, Debbie began shooting some eclectic sculptures,
After returning to our campground, we enjoyed a "picnic" lunch on a glider overlooking the lake.
After lunch we watched bees, butterflies and dragon flies flit around blossoms at the water's edge. Suddenly one landed on my wrist and remained there for several minutes.