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Coventry in Tolland County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Veterans Memorial Green

 
 
Veterans Memorial Green Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 6, 2019
1. Veterans Memorial Green Marker
Inscription.  
The Original Meetinghouse
The First Church of Coventry stood on the town green facing Lake Wamgumbaug and also served as the town meeting house. The structure was built in 1716, though a full completion with furnishings did not come until 1738. In 1749 it was enlarged and rotated a quarter turn to face, what is now the Lake Street Veterans Memorial Green. By 1842 the building was in need of major repair. The congregation could not decide whether to improve the present church or build a new one on Main Street near the village center. A split occurred, and a new village church was erected in 1849. Union between the two churches was not achieved until January 1, 1869, and the original name, the First Church of Coventry (Congregational). was adopted. The original building burned down on June 2, 1897.

The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut record that William Pitkin, Joseph Talcott, William Whitting, Richard Lord and Nathaniel Rust were charged in 1711 with laying out the Town of Coventry and “writing a minister of the gospel.” The land was part of the trust east of the Connecticut River granted by “Joshua,
Veterans Green Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 6, 2019
2. Veterans Green Memorial Park
The Veterans Memorial Green marker is on the left. The Patriot’s Park marker is on the right. In the left background is the Coventry Veterans Memorial.
Indian sachem.” Coventry Green was part of the church lawn until a road was cut in front of the building. The Green is dotted with trees and is surrounded by Colonial residences interspersed with wooded fields. Once a military training ground, it was the assembly site of those going off to fight in the Colonial Wars, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

The monument expresses the townspeople’s gratitude for their sacrifice, particularly noting 21-year-old Coventry-born school teacher-spy Nathan Hale. The commemorative cannon was presented by the U.S. government in 1928 during the administration of Calvin Coolidge.
 
Location. 41° 45.96′ N, 72° 18.389′ W. Marker is in Coventry, Connecticut, in Tolland County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Street and High Street, on the right when traveling north on Lake Street. Located in Veterans Green Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coventry CT 06238, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patriot’s Park (here, next to this marker); Captain Nathan Hale (within shouting distance of this marker); French Army Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Korea (within shouting distance of this marker); Coventry Veterans Memorial
World War I Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 6, 2019
3. World War I Cannon
Model of 1893. Built by Rock Island Arsenal in 1896.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Coventry Vietnam Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Connecticut Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nathan Hale Cemetery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coventry.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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