Our first planned stop at the Porter Music Box Museum in Randolph turned into a disapointment as we learned that despite every printed piece of material we found that said otherwise, the museum was not opening until June 1. So we quickly moved on arriving in Montpelier just as the rain stopped.
A very helpful lady at the Visitor Center pointed us in the right direction for all the things we wanted to see and added a few suggestions of her own. The capitol plaza and downtown are so compact that we were able to leave our car in one place for the entire day.
Vermont's State House, just like all the others, is beautiful and unique in its own right. Although the current State House is the third to be built, we learned that the House and Senate Chambers are the oldest legislative chambers in their original condition anywhere in the country. The Senate Chamber still retains its original furnishings.
What stuck us IMMEDIATELY, was the complete absence of any security precautions whatsoever. That was a first! Security has been much tighter in some places than others and often those you might expect to be more rigid in their security efforts, are the most laid-back. But nowhere, until now, has it been totally non-existent. We entered through a side door as directed and proceeded to wander through the entire building hardly even seeing another soul. In fact, the emptiness and silence were almost eerie! But it is a beautiful building. We particularly enjoyed the Vermont Marble checkerboard flooring in the lobby and the twin marble stairwells leading up to the second floor.
And then we passed this former inn that was unfortunately, missing most of its foundation. So sad!