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The Pilgrim

 
 
The Pilgrim Statue Pedestal image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
1. The Pilgrim Statue Pedestal
Inscription.
To Commemorate
The Landing of The
Pilgrim Fathers
on
Plymouth Rock
December 21, 1620

Erected By The
New England Society
In The City of New York
1885

 
Erected 1885 by The New England Society in The City of New York.
 
Location. 40° 46.385′ N, 73° 58.106′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of 72nd Street Transverse Road and 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on 72nd Street Transverse Road. Touch for map. Located a short distance west of the East 72nd Street Transverse & 5th Avenue entrance. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10023, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kerbs Memorial Boathouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landmarks of New York (about 700 feet away); Bethesda Fountain and Terrace (about 700 feet away); Edwin Franko Goldman (about 700 feet away); 307th Infantry AEF (approx. 0.2 miles away); Knights of Pythias Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Employees War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); William John Liebig (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
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The Pilgrim Statue image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
2. The Pilgrim Statue
A little knoll that rises to the southwest of Conservatory Water, Pilgrim Hill takes its name from the bronze statue that sits atop its crest. Sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward, The Pilgrim was gifted to Central Park by the New England Society in 1884.

Today, most Park visitors know Pilgrim Hill as one of the best sledding spots in New York City. After a large storm, hundreds of children and their parents flock to the hill, lured by a steep slope that gently descends to its finish. In the warmer months, it's a popular spot for picnicking and lounging.
 
Regarding The Pilgrim. This bronze piece by acclaimed sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward (1830–1910) depicts one of the Pilgrims that landed at Massachusettsís Plymouth Rock in November 1620. The monument was commissioned by the New England Society for the organizationís 75th anniversary.

The monumental figure is leaning on his musket, and his hat, boots, and belt buckle evoke the dress of the period. Architect Richard Morris Hunt (1828–1895) designed the rusticated granite pedestal, which features four bas-reliefs depicting various significant aspects of the Pilgrimsí landing, including the Mayflower ship and an image of a bible and sword. The piece was dedicated in 1885 in Central Park at the north side of the East 72nd Street throughway. The slope below the
The Pilgrim image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
3. The Pilgrim
monument, known as Pilgrim Hill, has long been a favorite locale for sledding during the winter. In 1979, the Central Park Conservancy chose this piece as one of the first to be restored in Central Parkís comprehensive program to restore its collection of statuary. The powder flasks were recast and replaced in 1999.

Sculptor Ward has been referred to as the “Dean of American Sculptors.” He contributed nine sculptures to the parks of New York City.
 
Also see . . .  The Pilgrim. (Submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial Era
 
Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
4. Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal
The Mayflower
Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
5. Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal
Indian Arrow Quiver and War Club
Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
6. Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal
Bible and Sword
Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 19, 2010
7. Bronze Relief on the Granite Pedestal
Globe, Storms and Navigation Instruments
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 669 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 23, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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