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Northampton in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Pulaski Park

 
 
Pulaski Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2019
1. Pulaski Park Marker
Inscription.  
During the late 18th century, the site of Pulaski Park was used extensively for public auctions and as a congregating place for horse traders. Public announcements were made there, and tradition has it that news of the British attack on Lexington and Concord was first heard in Northampton at this site. In the first half of the 19th century, this land was owned by Judge Joseph Lyman whose house stood opposite the park. The Lymans maintained a garden and cultivated flowering plants. By the 1880s, various buildings occupied the site, including the private home of William Prindle, a stove dealer, and a livery stable owned by Henry G. Holley.

Between 1905 and 1907, the land passed from private to public ownership. Over $27,000 in contributions were raised to purchase the land for a city park and approximately $5,000 was designated for development. Main Street Park, as it was then called, opened in 1908 complete with a formal lawn and ornamental pergola designed by New York architect, Joseph Gabringer.

During the 20th century, various proposals calling for the use of the park as a site for a new high school in the 1930s and
Marker detail: Site of Pulaski Park as it looked in the 1890s image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Site of Pulaski Park as it looked in the 1890s
for off-street parking in the 1950s were rejected. The park remained Main Street Park until 1945 when a monument to Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski was moved from Legion Hall to the center of the park. The bronze image of General Pulaski, who served under Washington at Valley Forge and died in action at the Battle of Savannah, commemorates the Polish-American contribution to the City of Northampton.
 
Erected by Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center; sponsored by Pioneer Valley Hotel Group.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 42° 19.056′ N, 72° 37.974′ W. Marker is in Northampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (Massachusetts Route 10) and Masonic Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the sidewalk near the north end of Pulaski Park. This marker is the north-facing side of a 4-panel exhibit. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Upper Main Street (here, next to this marker); Town Center (here, next to this marker); West Main Street (here, next to this marker); Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski
Marker detail: The original Main Street Park about 1910 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: The original Main Street Park about 1910
(within shouting distance of this marker); Cornet Joseph Parsons (approx. half a mile away); Holyoke Range and Skinner State Parks (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Florence Eagles (approx. 2.4 miles away); Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northampton.
 
Marker detail: Grace Coolidge opens the Christmas Seal campaign in Pulaski Park in the 1930s image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Grace Coolidge opens the Christmas Seal campaign in Pulaski Park in the 1930s
Marker detail: Historic Northampton Map image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: Historic Northampton Map
Pulaski Park Marker (<i>tall view • Pulaski Park in background • Memorial Hall on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2019
6. Pulaski Park Marker (tall view • Pulaski Park in background • Memorial Hall on left)
Pulaski Memorial<br>(<i>located about 20 yards south of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2019
7. Pulaski Memorial
(located about 20 yards south of marker)
To perpetuate
the memory of
Brigadier General
Casimir Pulaski

an American
Revolutionary War Hero,
who, from wounds received at
the siege of Savannah, Georgia,
died on October eleventh, 1779.
This memorial is erected in testimony
of respect by his fellow
Polish-American citizens
of Northampton, Mass.,
October eleventh, 1929.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 120 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 28, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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