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General background about the Vermont Flag

Vermont Flag     Vermont Great Seal


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Vermont's state flag consists of a field of azure blue containing an image of the Seal of Vermont surrounded by two pine boughs and topped by the head of a buck (male deer). A red ribbon at the bottom of the image displays the words "Vermont" and "Freedom and Unity”.

  • MOTTO: "Freedom and Unity"
  • ENTERED UNION: Mar. 4, 1791
  • FLAG ADOPTED: 1803 (militia flag), 1804 (official state flag), revised 1837 & 1923
  • COMMENTS: At one point, 1804 to 1837, Vermont had more red & white stripes on their state flag (17) than our national flag ever had.


Multiple versions of the flag have been included throughout history. Originally, the flag was the same as the flag of the Green Mountain Boys, the state militia flag. Later it was then changed to look similar to the flag of the United States, consisting of red and white stripes, and a blue canton. Eventually Vermonters began to desire a more unique state flag that would not be so easily confused with the flag of the United States when hanging from a pole. It was again changed to avoid confusion with the U.S. flag. It has remained the same since 1923


Vermont State Flag
State Flag, Vermont

First Flag, Vermont
State Militia Flag
Second Flag, Vermont
Flag, 1804-1837
Third Flag, Vermont
Flag, 1837-1923


  • From 1777 until it became a state in 1791, Vermont had its own postal and monetary systems.
  • Morgan horses, an American breed known for its stamina, vigor, and all-purpose usefulness, have been raised on farms throughout Vermont since just after the Revolution. The First Vermont Cavalry rode Morgans in the Civil War, and Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's horse 'Little Sorrel' was a Morgan.
  • Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The 273-mile footpath and 175 miles of side trails run along the ridges of the Green Mountain for the entire length of the state.
  • Vermont farmers occasionally feed their hogs waste from Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Company. The hogs inhale all the flavors except Mint Oreo.
  • Vermont has never been heavily populated. Today (2015 est.), only Wyoming has fewer residents.
  • The smallest state capital in the U.S. is Montpelier, Vermont with a population of less than 9,000.


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