Though I've been Vermonter my entire life,
I never cease to be amazed at what a treasure trove of the interesting, unique, and obscure my home state is. I've collected a few facts to introduce you to Vermont. For instance, did you know that the name "Vermont" comes from the French words for green mountain, "mont vert"? Read on and discover more about The Green Mountain State.
Montpelier, Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonalds.
You won’t drive off the road because of a distracting billboard in Vermont. Billboards have been outlawed here since 1968, ensuring the roadside view be about beautiful mountains, valleys, forests, and farms.
In Vermont, you can let it all hang out – your clean laundry, that is! Vermonters have long been known for their frugality, independence and common sense. In 2009, residents garnered a reputation for environmental sustainability with the state’s Right-to-Dry Law. All Vermonters have the right to air dry their laundry on a clothesline.
Vermont's state capitol building is one of the eight state capitals to have a gold dome. The Roman Goddess of Agriculture Ceres sits atop the Vermont capital building.
"Champ" is the name given to a reputed monster living in Lake Champlain. While there is no scientific evidence for the monster's existence, there have been over 300 sightings. He's usually spotted in the late summer or early fall. Perhaps you will be the next person to see Champ!
Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S., producing over 500,000 gallons a year.
In ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country.
In the 1800s, some Vermonters claimed that Vermont sheep and cows would soon develop genetically by growing short legs on the uphill side and long legs on the bottom side of their steep grazing pastures. They are referred to as "Sidehillers".
Average annual snowfall in Green Mountains is 10 feet.
State Motto: Freedom and Unity
State Bird: Hermit Thrush
State Fruit: Apple
State Mineral: Talc
State Rock: Granite, Marble, and Slate
State Beverage: Milk
State Insect: Honeybee
State Fish: Brook Trout
State Amphibian: The Northern Leopard Frog
State Animal: Morgan Horse
State Flower: Red Clover
Calvin Coolidge was the only U.S. president born on the fourth of July. He was born in Plymouth, Vermont in 1872.
When a woman said to President Coolidge that she had made a bet with a friend that she could get more than two words out of him, Coolidge responded, "You lose."
In the 1800s, Vermont's wild turkeys were pushed to extinction due to extensive clearing of forests and the spread of agricultural lands. They were reintroduced in 1969 and fortunately, they have made a tremendous comeback.