NORTHFIELD – Norwich University will host “The Railroad History of the State of Vermont” on Nov. 15.
The presentation is part of the school's Lunch and Learn program and features Jim Murphy. It will take place at noon at the Sullivan Museum and History Center.
According to a news release, Murphy, of St. Albans, is an expert on Vermont railroad history and will discuss the history of the Vermont Central Railroad including how the route was constructed from Windsor to Burlington between 1845 and 1849. During the initial phases of the VCRR, plans were drawn up for a link between Burlington and Montreal by another railroad company, Vermont & Canada, whose president was John Smith of St. Albans. By 1864 this railroad reached the Canadian border. By 1873 the railroads were merged and renamed the Central Vermont Railroad and were managed by Smith’s sons, John Gregory and Worthington C. Smith.
The presentation will be held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Innovators of Norwich: Building a Nation” which runs through December 21.