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Dave Pelland on August 31st, 2009

The Town of Orleans, Mass., honors its Civil War veterans with two monuments along Main Street. At the corner of Main Street and Monument Road stands an 1883 monument depicting an infantry officer standing atop a granite base. While the monument’s appearance resembles many traditional Civil War monuments, the Orleans monument is uncommon because the […]

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Dave Pelland on August 28th, 2009

A monument in Norwich’s Sachem Park marks the execution and burial spot of Narragansett chief Miantonimo. The monument was erected in 1841 to mark the hilltop where Miantonimo was killed in 1643 after years of fighting with Mohegans and English settlers. The site had been marked with a stone cairn. Years later, when the conflicts […]

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Dave Pelland on August 26th, 2009

The town of Easton honors veterans of the World Wars and Korea with bronze plaques mounted on stone bases in two locations. Veterans of World War II and Korea are honored with a large monument outside Town Hall on Center Road. A dedication on the front (northwest) face of the undated monument reads “Lest we […]

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Dave Pelland on August 24th, 2009

Thompson has honored veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and the American Revolution with plaques affixed to boulders in two sections of town. Civil War and Spanish-American War veterans are honored with a plaque on the Thompson Common along Route 193 (Thompson Road). The front (east) face of the plaque bears the inscription […]

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Dave Pelland on August 21st, 2009

Putnam honors local Civil War veterans with a monument in a small park at the corner of Grove Street (Route 12) and Ring Street. The dedication on the monument’s front (east) face reads “To the memory of the soldiers and sailors of Putnam and vicinity who fought for the preservation of the Union 1861 – […]

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Dave Pelland on August 19th, 2009

Brooklyn has honored the memory of local Civil War veterans with a Canterbury Road monument featuring an infantry officer standing atop a granite pillar. The monument, dedicated in 1888, was designed by sculptor Karl Gerhardt, who was also responsible for the nearby monument honoring American Revolution hero Israel Putnam. The front (east) face of the […]

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Dave Pelland on August 17th, 2009

Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam is honored with an equestrian monument at his burial site on Canterbury Road (Route 169) in Brooklyn, CT. The monument was dedicated in 1888 to honor Putnam, a Massachusetts native who served with distinction during the French and Indian War and who later abandoned his plow in the field to […]

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Dave Pelland on August 14th, 2009

The founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was honored with a monument in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park thanks to showman and former mayor P.T. Barnum. The monument, a fountain that was later converted into a planter, was dedicated in 1897 to honor Henry Bergh’s lifelong efforts to protect animals. Bergh […]

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Dave Pelland on August 13th, 2009

UPDATE: Removed in July of 2020 A statue of explorer Christopher Columbus in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park has stared into Long Island Sound for nearly 45 years. The statue, by sculptor Clemente Spampinato, depicts Columbus, with a map in one hand, standing at the bow of a ship. The statue stands on a black base, with […]

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Dave Pelland on August 12th, 2009

A cannon captured from a Spanish warship has been mounted in Bridgeport’s Seaside Park to honor the service of local residents during the Spanish-American War. The bronze cannon, which faces southeast into Long Island Sound, was cast in Seville on December 13, 1794, according to a date inscribed near the cannon’s neck. We assume the […]

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