Vermont Facts and Trivia

Historical Facts about the State of Vermont

  • Vermont was the first state admitted to the Union after the ratification of the Constitution.
  • VT is the Two-letter or Postal Abbreviation and V.T. is the Traditional or Standard Abbreviation for the State of Vermont.
  • With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S.
  • Until 1996, Vermont was the only state without a Wal-Mart.
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream company gives their ice cream waste to the local Vermont farmers who use it to feed their hogs. The hogs seem to like all of the flavors except Mint Oreo.
  • Vermont does not sell alcohol to out of state licenses, you must have a liquor ID in order to purchase alcohol at liquor stores and grocery stores. This doesn’t apply to bars, but can affect those traveling through the state.
  • Vermont quarter was issued on August 6, 2001.
  • U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on the fourth of July. Born in Plymouth 7/4/1872.
  • Find out the interesting facts about the famous people born in Vermont
  • Vermont’s state capitol building is one of only a few to have a gold dome. Atop the dome is a statue of Ceres.

Fun Facts about Vermont State’s Geography 

  • Vermont map outline
  • Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.
  • In ratio of cows to people, Vermont has the greatest number of dairy cows in the country.
  • Big Jay, Bread Loaf Mountain, Camel’s Hump and Glastenbury Mountain as part of Appalachian Mountain Range (among others) exist in the state of Vermont
  • Rudyard Kipling, living in Vermont in the 1890’s invented the game of snow golf.
  • City Guide: Visit Vermont City Guide for a look at geography, local history, architecture, and culture.

Vermont State Symbols Trivia

  1. Vermont State Bird is called the Hermit Thrush-Catharus guttatus
  2. Sugar Maple is the official state tree of Vermont
  3. The official state motto of Vermont is ‘Freedom and Unity and Stella quarta decima fulgeat’ which translates to ‘May the 14th star shine bright’
  4. The official state flower of Vermont is Red Clover
  5. Montpelier, Is the largest producer of maple syrup in the U.S.
  6. Vermont’s largest employer isn’t Ben and Jerry’s, it’s IBM.
  7. The state flag of Vermont was officially adopted in 1923 by the General Assembly.
  8. The seal of Vermont was designed by Ira Allen, one of the founders of Vermont. The seal was approved in 1779 by the General Assembly.
  9. Until recently, the only way a Vermonter could get a drivers license with their photo on it was to drive to Montpelier.
  10. Vermont was, at various times, claimed by both New Hampshire and New York.
  11. Vermont’s nickname is the “Green Mountain State
  12. The official songs of the state of Vermont are called ‘Hail, Vermont‘ and ‘These Green Mountains‘.

Thanks to: David C. Weiler