Liberty Statue Returns to Bridgeport’s Seaside Park

An allegorical representation of Liberty again graces the 1876 Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park. Thanks to the Friends of Seaside Park, a replica of a six-foot marble statue representing Liberty was dedicated on Saturday morning at the monument honoring Bridgeport’s Civil War veterans. The original marble statue was removed in the late …

Bridgeport’s Barnum Museum Damaged by Tornado

The tornado that struck the greater Bridgeport area Thursday afternoon caused serious damage to the Barnum Museum’s building and collections. Two large windows near the museum’s Main Street entrance broke, allowing wind and water into the building. The museum is seeking contributions to help with the restoration effort. More information and a PayPal link are …

Bridgeport’s War Memorials Spared Tornado Damage

On Thursday afternoon, a tornado struck Bridgeport and surrounding towns. Based on a quick tour Saturday morning, the city’s downtown war memorials escaped storm damage. In downtown Bridgeport, the war memorials outside McLevy Hall appeared fine. A large tree was  uprooted near the corner of Broad and State streets, and several trees were damaged at …

Wheeler Memorial Fountain Restored in Bridgeport

After an extensive restoration, Bridgeport this week rededicated a memorial fountain honoring sewing machine manufacturer and civic leader Nathaniel Wheeler. The 1912 fountain at the intersection of Park Avenue, Fairfield Avenue and John Street, was rededicated April 20 after a long repair project that has restored the long-dormant flow of water to the fountain. The …