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Dave Pelland on May 28th, 2010

Simsbury honors those lost in the nation’s wars with two monuments in the center of town. The Memorial Gateway at the entrance of Simsbury Cemetery on Hopmeadow Street (Route 10), dedicated in 1923, honors residents killed in the Civil War and World War I. The gateway features two curved fences as well as pillars topped […]

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Dave Pelland on May 26th, 2010

East Haddam honors its Civil War veterans with a monument on the Moodus Green. The monument, dedicated in 1900, features a granite infantryman facing south. A dedication on its south face reads, “In honored memory of the brave defenders of our country in its hour of peril 1861-1865.” The south face also honors the Battle […]

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Dave Pelland on May 24th, 2010

A large boulder in the Devon section of Milford once served as a lookout station during the American Revolution. Liberty Rock, the highest point in its neighborhood, was used during the revolution to observe nearby Long Island Sound as well as the Boston Post Road. The large boulder, originally known as Hog Rock, was renamed […]

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Dave Pelland on May 17th, 2010

Stafford honors its Civil War veterans with a 1924 monument in its downtown Hyde Park. The Soldiers’ Monument in the Stafford Springs section of town features a bronze statue on its front (east) face, and is topped by a bronze eagle. The design reflects its relatively late dedication nearly 80 years after the end of […]

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Dave Pelland on May 14th, 2010

Concord, Mass., honors its war heroes with a collection of monuments on the town green. The first and largest memorial on Monument Square is the 30-foot granite obelisk honoring Concord residents killed in the Civil War.  A dedication plaque on the monument’s west face reads, “The Town of Concord builds this monument in honor of […]

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Dave Pelland on May 13th, 2010

A small plaque in a Boston park marks the site of the Great Molasses Flood, which killed 21 people in 1919. The disaster is marked with a small plaque on a playground wall near 529 Commercial Street. The molasses flood occurred on January 15, 1919, when an industrial holding tank with 2.3 million gallons of […]

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Dave Pelland on May 12th, 2010

A memorial erected on the 300th anniversary of Boston’s settlement honors the city’s founders. The 1930 Founders’ Memorial on Boston Common, near the corner of Beacon and Spruce streets, features a bronze bas-relief on its south face depicting the arrival of the city’s Puritan settlers. In the scene William Blackstone, the first settler of Boston, […]

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Dave Pelland on May 10th, 2010

Massachusetts honors a largely African American Civil War regiment with a notable Saint-Gaudens monument on Boston Common. The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, dedicated in 1897 near the corner of Beacon and Park streets, honors Shaw and the members of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The unit blended white officers with African American troops recruited […]

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Dave Pelland on May 7th, 2010

Boston honors its Civil War veterans with a 72-foot high monument near the center of Boston Common. The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, originally known as the Army and Navy Monument, was dedicated in 1877 at the top of a small hill near the Common’s Frog Pond. A dedication on the monument’s west face reads, “To […]

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Dave Pelland on May 5th, 2010

Monuments on both sides of the Old North Bridge in Concord, Mass., mark the site of the first militia victory in the American Revolution. The famous “shot heard ‘round the world” was fired on April 19, 1775, by a member of a militia raised from Concord and nearby towns including Acton, Bedford and Lincoln. The […]

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