Vermont, New Hampshire Attorneys General will perambulate border

May 10, 2012

Michael A. Delaney
New Hampshire Attorney General
(603) 271-1202

William H. Sorrell
Vermont Attorney General
(802) 828-3173

Attorneys General Delaney and Sorrell Will Meet on the Norwich/Hanover Bridge on May 14th for
the Eleventh Perambulation of the NH/VT Boundary

As directed by their respective legislatures of some 69 years ago, New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14 to “perambulate” the Vermont- New Hampshire border. The event will occur on the bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Norwich, VT and Hanover, NH.

Under both New Hampshire and Vermont law, the Attorneys General are required to meet and “perambulate” the border between their respective states once every seven years to assure that all markers and monuments of the boundary between the states are properly renewed and maintained. The perambulation laws, passed by both states in 1935, ended some 18 years of litigation between the two states over where the boundary line between the states should be located.

In 1917 a border dispute arose when New Hampshire officials attempted to tax a paper mill that was located partially in the riverbed of the Connecticut River adjacent to Bellows Falls, VT. At the time Vermont had claimed that its border extended to the centerline of the river. Some eighteen years later, the dispute was finally resolved when a Special Master appointed by the United States Supreme Court ruled that the boundary was the low-water mark on the Vermont side of the river. Both states immediately passed laws to insure that the boundary monuments would be positioned and maintained in perpetuity. This year marks the 11th time that the states have perambulated the border.

Representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation will accompany the Attorneys General. Paul Hodge, the Chief of Survey for the Vermont Agency of Transportation will represent the Agency on behalf of the Green Mountain State. Ted Bennetter, Survey Supervisor, will represent the Granite State’s Department of Transportation.

Members of the press are invited to attend. The event will occur at the survey marker in the sidewalk on the northwest corner (near the Vermont shore) of the Norwich/Hanover bridge.

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