We loved the smallest capital city in the country. If only it wasn’t so cold and snowy in the winter. The current building is the third on this property. The first one was outgrown and the second one burned on a cold winters night. The current building took two years to construct at the cost of $150,000. A very large contrast from Albany. It was completed in 1859. The dome is covered in 23.75 carat gold leaf. The lobby on the first floor has a black and white marble floor. Many of the black tiles contain fossils . On the second floor the 30 seat Senate and the 150 seat House of Representatives are the oldest legislative chambers in their original condition anywhere in the country. We also visited the Governor’s office and the Cedar Creek Room which has an impressive painting of the Civil War.
While we were in the area we stayed at the Groton Forest Family Campground where Marcus and Caroline found some children to play with. We toured Ben and Jerry’s which was delicious. Marcus and Caroline had never had Ben and Jerry’s before. Marcus’ favorite is Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Cali loves Key Lime Pie. There were lots of cheeses to sample at Cabot Creamery. We learned how maple syrup was made at Goodrich’s sugar house. We even had a chance to visit Mrs. Cappetta and her family in Barre while we were visiting Rock of Ages. We learned how granite was mined and went bowling on a granite bowling alley.