Marc von Trapp memorial in the Lower Arb

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About 100 yards after the entrance to Carleton’s Lower Arb from the top of the hill on Highway 19, there’s a sign on a path to the east that points visitors to the Marc von Trapp memorial. Click photos to enlarge. The plaque on the rock reads:

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

This oak grove is dedicated to the spirit and memory of Marc von Trapp, class of 2000, who had an insatiable curiosity about the world. May this be a peaceful place to contemplate the universe and sharpen your wits.

Dedicated by Marc’s friends and family, June 2000

This is an ongong series of blog posts on all the memorials in the Northfield area. Want to help? Contact me with ones you know of. Include photos and text, if possible. I’ll credit you. I’ll also tag/categorize all these blog posts with “Northfield area memorials” to make it easy to see them all in one place.


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    I thought of this blog post last week when the AP ran a story about Maria von Trapp’s return to her “Sound of Music” home.

    Marc Von Trapp, a great-grandson of the Von Trapps, was a sophomore at Carleton College. According to a 1998 news release,

    “He was killed and 14 other Carleton students were injured when the van they were riding in went out of control on an icy road in Nebraska. The students were bound for a spring-break backpacking trip in Utah.”

    August 11, 2008
  2. One of my St. Olaf classmates, Lynne Peterson, married a von Trapp 39 years ago after working at the lodge the family has in Vermont. I saw her at our last reunion and she is now a dog agility trainer and competitor. She “sang in church choir until I lost my singing voice a few years ago.” Julie Andrews has lost her voice too now after a botched operation. Sad. The hills are no longer alive with the sound of her music.

    August 11, 2008

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