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Vermont State Symbols


Welcome to the Green Mountain State! What stories do its symbols have to tell us? (Continued below)

Vermont State Flag
Nicknames & Slogans
Nicknames The Green Mountain State  
Symbols of State
Motto Freedom and Unity
Latin Motto Stella quarta decima fulgeat 2015
Song These Green Mountains 2000
Song (former) Hail to Vermont 1938
Flower red clover (Trifolium pratense) 1895
Tree sugar maple (Acer saccharum) 1949
Fruit apple (Malus) 1999
Vegetable Gilfeather turnip (Brassica rapa) 2016
Bird hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1941
Animal Morgan Horse (Equus caballus) 1961
Heritage Breed of Livestock Randall lineback breed of cattle (Bos primigenius) 2006
Reptile painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 1994
Amphibian northern leopard frog (Lithobates pipiens) 1998
Cold Water Fish brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1978
Warm Water Fish walleye (Sander vitreus) 1978
Insect honeybee (Apis mellifera) Redundant Symbol 1978
Butterfly monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1987
Mineral talc 1991
Gem grossular garnet 1991
Rock granite 1992
Rock marble 1992
Rock slate 1992
Marine Fossil beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) 1993
Terrestrial Fossil † Mount Holly mammoth tooth and tusk 2014
Soil Tunbridge Soil Series 1985
Cultural Symbols
Pie apple pie 1999
Flavor maple 1993
Beverage milk Redundant Symbol 1983
Winter Sports Skiing and snowboarding 2012
Fly-Fishing Fly Governor Aiken bucktail streamer 2014

Aside from the red clover and hermit thrush (the state flower and bird), Vermont shares most of its plant and animal symbols with other states. The other exceptions are two domestic species, the Gilfeather turnip and a breed of cattle known as the Randall lineback.

What gets my attention is Vermont’s roster of earth symbols, which includes an official mineral, gem, three rocks, two fossils, and a soil. The fossils include a mammoth and a beluga (a small white whale) that lived in what is now Vermont during the Ice Age. Speaking of ice, while neighboring New Hampshire calls skiing its official sport, Vermonters designated skiing and snowboarding their official winter sports.

Vermont’s more unusual symbols include an official Latin motto, flavor (maple), and fly-fishing fly.

In my opinion, Vermont boasts one of the finest state seals and coats of arms both. Although its flag isn’t among the worst, it could be improved, however.

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If you think state flags and flowers are nothing more than trivia, guess again. A thorough exploration of the more than 1,500 items adopted as state symbols embraces geography, history, and psychology.

You have found the best state symbols website, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The introduction above is adapted from Geobop’s State Symbols and My State Symbols Book, by far the biggest and most detailed state symbols references ever. You can learn still more about the symbols of the 50 states in the books Flag Quest and Grading the States. (Learn more about them here.)

After you spend some time exploring your favorite state’s symbols, you can come back here and tell us what you think about them.

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