Montpelier is the home of the state capitol of Vermont.  Having recently visited the grounds of the state capitol in New York and last year in New Jersey, this was a bit of a change of pace.  Montpelier has a population of less than 8,000, making it the smallest state capitol in the United States.  The capitol building itself reminds me more of a county courthouse than a capitol building  – and I don’t say that in a condescending fashion.  It was surreal walking through the halls of this building encountering absolutely no security personnel.  The legislature was not in session but most of doors to the various agencies were open!  You could just walk in if you wanted to and probably meet the Secretary of Whatever.   In today’s world of metal detectors, security cameras and otherwise general presumption of guilt, this was a breath of fresh air.