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Westfield in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park

Established July 10, 1999

 
 
The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
1. The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park Marker
Inscription. The meeting of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln and his famous corresponent, twelve-year-old Grace Bedell took place on February 16, 1861, in Westfield at the train station. Prior to this, Grace had penned a letter to Lincoln suggesting that whiskers would improve his appearance. At their meeting, Lincoln shook her hand, kissed Grace, and asked her how she liked the improvements she had advised.

The statues are the work of sculptor Don Sottile, a native of Westfield. The bronze casting took place at the Fireworks Foundry, Penn Yann, upstate New York.

Westfield is most grateful to town historian Billie Dibble for the inspiration and Dr. Kent L. Brown for guiding the project through to completion.
 
Erected 1999.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln 1861 Inaugural Train Stops marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.321′ N, 79° 34.704′ W. Marker is in Westfield, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 20) and South Portage Road (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westfield NY 14787, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this
The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
2. The Lincoln-Bedell Statue Park Marker
marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Settlers of Portland, Westfield & Ripley (approx. 0.6 miles away); These Concord Grape Vines (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oldest Settled Property in Chautauqua County (approx. 0.9 miles away); At This Point (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Old Portage Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Old Portage Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); The French & Indian War 1756-1763 (approx. 1.5 miles away); Barcelona Light House (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westfield.
 
Also see . . .  Grace Bedell Billings at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on April 23, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Lincoln-Bedell Statues image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
3. The Lincoln-Bedell Statues
Lincoln in Westfield sign image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
4. Lincoln in Westfield sign
Westfield Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
5. Westfield Civil War Monument
Located behind the statue of Abraham Lincoln

In honor of the Chautauqua County Regiments that fought in the American Civil War
1861-1865
9th NY Volunteer Cavalry
49th NY Volunteer Infantry
72nd NY Volunteer Infantry
112th NY Volunteer Infantry
154th NY Volunteer Infantry
1st US Sharpshooters
Westfield Civil War Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 21, 2013
6. Westfield Civil War Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 426 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 22, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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