On October 12th, The Green Mountain State is recognized on National Vermont Day. It is the 14th state to join the United States. The state derives its name from French words vert for green and mont for mountain.

Populated primarily by Abenaki tribes before French and English settlers arrived, Vermont is a densely forested mountain state. Claimed by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1609 for France, Vermont’s first European settlement was established in 1666 at Fort Ste. Anne. The first English settlement was built in 1724.

Vermont Official Symbols

State Capital – Montpellier
Nickname – Green Mountain State
State Motto – Freedom and Unity
State Bird – Hermit Thrush
State Flower – Red Clover
State Animal – Morgan Horse
State Reptile – Painted Turtle
State Fish – Brook Trout, Walleye
State Drink – Milk
State Fruit – Apple
State Mineral – Talc
State Rock – Granite, Marble, Slate
State Tree – Sugar Maple
State Song – These Green Mountains
State Gemstone – Grossular Garnet
State Insect – Western Honeybee

It should come as no surprise that Vermont produces more maple syrup than any other state. While Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than any other state, Vermont has more per square mile.

Vermont Flavor

  • Fried Dough
  • Fiddleheads
  • Venison
  • Bison Burgers
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Cider Donuts
  • Sugar on Snow
  • Maple Creemee
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Movie makers love Vermont for its beautiful backdrops. Whether it’s for eerie thrillers (What Lies Beneath), a good drama (The Cider House Rules) or a comedy (Me, Myself and Irene), we can’t resist the stunning views. Such stunning landscapes lured the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music story to settle in Stowe, Vermont because of the similarities to their Alpine home.

Along with these majestic views come excellent skiing, hiking and the most beautiful bursts of autumn color.

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History, Nature, Art

For a complete list of Vermont State and National Parks & Historic Sites visit www.vtstateparks.com and www.nps.gov.  Check out a few of the featured sites around the state below. 

Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park – Woodstock

Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests

Boulder Beach State Park – Groton

Burton Island State Park – St. Albans

Camel’s Hump State Park – Waterbury

Green River Reservoir State Park – Hyde Park

Half Moon Pond State Park – Hubbardton

Molly Stark State Park – Wilmington, VT

Mount Philo State Park – Charlotte

MUSEUMS

Shelburne Museum – Shelburne

Montshire Museum of Science – Norwich

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium – St. Johnsbury

Bennington Museum – Bennington

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center – Burlington

Vermont Ski Museum – Stowe

Old Stone House Museum – Brownington

Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont – Rutland

Bread and Puppet Theater – Glover

Park-McCullough Historic House – Bennington

Wilson Castle – Proctor


Famous People

Samuel Hopkins – Inventor – (December 9, 1743 – 1818)

Samuel Hopkins - Inventor

John Deere – Inventor – (February 7, 1804 – May 17, 1886)

The John Deere Century 1st Edition

by Randy Leffingwell  (Author)
The John Deere Century 1st Edition

by Randy Leffingwell  (Author)



Joseph Smith – religious leader – (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844)

Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet (A Biography) Kindle Edition

by Dan Vogel  (Author) 
Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet (A Biography) Kindle Edition

by Dan Vogel  (Author) 



Chester A. Arthur – President – (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886)

Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series: The 21st President, 1881-1885 Hardcover – June 21, 2004

by Zachary Karabell  (Author), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Editor)
Chester Alan Arthur: The American Presidents Series: The 21st President, 1881-1885

by Zachary Karabell  (Author), Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Editor)

Caroline Ardelia Yale – Educator – (September 29, 1848 – July 2, 1933)

Caroline Ardelia Yale - Educator
Caroline Ardelia Yale – Educator



Calvin Coolidge – President – (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933)

Calvin Coolidge: The American Presidents Series: The 30th President, 1923-1929 Kindle Edition

by David Greenberg  (Author), Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (Editor) 
Calvin Coolidge: The American Presidents Series: The 30th President, 1923-1929

by David Greenberg  (Author), Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (Editor) 

Robert Holbrook Smith – Physician – (August 8, 1879 – November 16, 1950)

Robert Holbrook Smith
Robert Holbrook Smith



Consuelo Northrop Bailey – Lieutenant Governor – (October 9, 1899 – September 9, 1976)

Leaves before the wind: The autobiography of Vermont's own daughter Hardcover – January 1, 1976

by Consuelo Northrop Bailey (Author)
Leaves before the wind: The autobiography of Vermont’s own daughter Hardcover – January 1, 1976

by Consuelo Northrop Bailey (Author)



Patty Sheehan – Professional Golfer – (October 27, 1956 -)

Patty Sheehan - Professional Golfer
Patty Sheehan – Professional Golfer

Hidden Treasures

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry – Barre

Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Waterbury

Old Round Church – Richmond

Shelburne Farms – Shelburne