The border between New Hampshire and Vermont is not the center of the Connecticut River.
The U.S. Supreme Court nearly one century ago settled a border dispute that came to a head in 1917 when, per a Vermont Attorney General’s Office announcement, New Hampshire attempted to tax a paper mill that was located partially in the riverbed of the Connecticut River adjacent to Bellows Falls. Eighteen years later, the dispute was resolved when a Special Master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the boundary was the low-water mark on the Vermont side of the river.
The states’ respective legislatures directed a periodic perambulation to survey the border. So, this morning at 11 a.m. between Hanover and Norwich, officials will meet for the 12th time since 1935 to perambulate the border.
VT Attorney General Charity Clark and NH Attorney General John Formella will meet at the Friends of Dartmouth Rowing Boathouse dock and then board a boat to officially inspect the Connecticut River shoreline/official state border. They will be joined by surveyors from both states. – today’s Journal Opinion newsletter
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