Norwich’s 5th annual Legacy March began yesterday. The staff of the University Archives wishes our marchers well on this crisp Halloween weekend!
What is now a fundraising event began in Alden Partridge’s days with the practice of the “pedestrian excursion.” Partridge conducted these regular marches not only as military exercises but as walking classrooms, teaching botany, geography, and many other topics as his cadets marched over the Vermont terrain.
Similar marches and reenactments have been popular at Norwich ever since. We hope you enjoyed our post this spring on the 1985 Fort Ticonderoga marchers. Another reenactment march that Norwich participated in took place in 1975 as part of the US Bicentennial celebration. Marchers traveled from Cambridge, Mass. to Quebec City in commemoration of Benedict Arnold’s 1775 march with the troops of the Continental Army.
If you visit the University Archives, you can read all about the march in the recently donated journal of a student who participated. We hope you’ll stop by!