Historical Markers and War Memorials in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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Abraham Lincoln 16th US President: 1860-1865
Born February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin, Kentucky (now Larue, Kentucky).
On March 8, 1860, Edward Harris, Woonsocket's most prominent industrialist, abolitionist, and philanthropist . . . — — Map (db m197173) HM
In Honor of
The Employees of
Woonsocket Rubber Company
Who at the Call Of Their Country
Laid Aside Their Vocations and Entered
The Service to Fight in the Great War
For World-Wide Liberty
James H. Aldred · Rene . . . — — Map (db m196878) WM
Battle of Britain July - October 1940 With the fall of France and the miraculous evacuation by sea of 338,000 British and Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in early June 1940, England stood alone and faced Hitler's plan (Operation Sea . . . — — Map (db m197272) HM WM
Battle of Midway June 1942 After a stalemate against the United States Navy in the Coral Sea in May 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy turned its attention to a campaign to seize Midway Atoll in the central Pacific. Control of Midway - only 1,500 . . . — — Map (db m197275) HM WM
Battle of Stalingrad August 1942 - February 1943 On June 22, 1941 Adolf Hitler turned on his former ally-of-convenience, Josef Stalin and invaded Russia (Operation Barbarossa). German forces were organized into three major thrusts in the north, . . . — — Map (db m197277) HM WM
Battle of the Atlantic September 1939 - May 1945 The Battle of the Atlantic lasted the entire duration of World War II in Europe. It was the desperate struggle by the Allies to organize, man and succeed in convoy operations from North America to . . . — — Map (db m197271) HM WM
Called "the greatest American battle of the war" by British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944 when German forces attacked American front lines through the thickly wooded Ardennes forest in . . . — — Map (db m197279) HM WM
The Bernon Worsted Mill was established in 1919 by Charles Augustus Proulx. Here French-Canadian workers manufactured French Process fine worsted yarns.
The Bernon Worsted Mill embodies the distinctive characteristics of early . . . — — Map (db m196828) HM
1828 – 1848
Canal Route & Lock Location
This property has been listed in the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior — — Map (db m197121) HM
The Industrial Revolution began in the Blackstone River Valley. It changed the landscape of the Valley and transformed life in America. The Age of Industry left behind many clues to the past - mill villages, roads and trails, dams and mill ponds, . . . — — Map (db m196981) HM
How the City Grew
Why is the City of Woonsocket here? And how did Market Square become its first center? The answers to those questions lie in the forces that shaped Woonsocket's earliest days — water, land and money. From here you can hear . . . — — Map (db m196978) HM
History shows that the Cross of Malta, the emblem of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, is 1,000 years old. Nearly ten centuries ago the Maltese Cross was made the symbol of fighting men who were united by a solemn pledge of . . . — — Map (db m197178) WM
D-Day June 1944
On June 6, 1944 an armada of 6,000 ships appeared off the Normandy coast of France to begin what Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower called "The Great Crusade" to liberate occupied Europe from years of Nazi oppression. . . . — — Map (db m197276) HM WM
The City's Cultural Tapestry
When the first textile mills were built at Woonsocket Falls in the early 1800s, mill workers were recruited from nearby Yankee farm families. But as the city expanded into six distinct villages, each with several . . . — — Map (db m196979) HM
General George S. Patton, Jr. "Old Blood and Guts" was one of the most famous generals in the entire history of the United States Army. General Patton distinguished himself throughout his service in World War II in North Africa, Italy, France, . . . — — Map (db m197278) HM WM
The story of Hachikō, was made famous in Japan due to one dog's loyalty to his master. Hachiko became well known in the United States with a movie filmed in the Blackstone River Valley, Rhode Island produced by actor Richard Gere.
This . . . — — Map (db m197172) HM
In Memory of
Korea and Vietnam
The Woonsocket United
( inscribed on the base )
Lt. Harold Flynn Post 263 V.F.W.
Andrew F. Young Post 3rd American Legion
Belhuveur Duhamel Post . . . — — Map (db m196909) WM
In Memory of Our Heroes from
Lincoln St and Globe District
Who Died for Liberty and
1941 to 1945
Arthur Favreau · Joseph Charette · Normand Fleury · Armand Ferland · Frank Fazzio · Tony Zito · Vincent Hreczuch · Joseph Haczynski · . . . — — Map (db m196912) WM
Major John T. Godfrey
Born in Montreal, Canada, Major John T. Godfrey moved to Woonsocket with his family at the age of one. He was raised in that city and graduated as class president of Woonsocket High School in 1940. Immediately after . . . — — Map (db m197273) HM WM
Canal Passages The Blackstone Canal opened for business on a sunny day in July, 1828 with thundering artillery salutes and roaring crowds. Stretching 45 miles from Providence to Worcester, the Blackstone Canal was built with the strength and . . . — — Map (db m197119) HM
Pearl Harbor December 1941 At 7:48 AM Hawaiian time on Sunday, December 7, 1941 naval air forces of Imperial Japan attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was carried out by more than 350 aircraft launched from six . . . — — Map (db m197274) HM WM
Fueling the City's Industry Beneath the buildings and streets of Market Square lie the remnants of the massive power trenches, canal and spillways that once channeled water to and from the mills that crowded Market Square. Throughout the 1800s . . . — — Map (db m197118) HM
Veterans of Northern R.I.
Citizens of Woonsocket
Dedicated July 4, 2000
Gov. Lincoln C. Almond
V.F.W. Post 11519 of Woonsocket
United Veterans Council of Woonsocket
Amvets Post 7 & Aux. . . . — — Map (db m197175) WM
Honoring the Women of the Workforce
Women of Woonsocket
Are you ready
to help win the war?
Make Life-Saving Boats and Balloons. Experience Unnecessary.
Good Wages While Training
Must Be American Citizen. . . . — — Map (db m196911) HM WM
( south side )
In grateful remembrance
Of her brave sons, who, during the
Gave their lives that the republic might live.
The Town of Woonsocket
Erected and dedicated this Monument.
May 28, A.D. 1870.
( . . . — — Map (db m196913) WM
Death has crowned them with glory — Edwin Aldrich We fought the battle of giants the most memorable struggle between freedom and slavery since the dawn of man German W. Foss
In the grand jubliata of emancipation S.H.Brown
A gallant . . . — — Map (db m196880) WM
The Power of Falling Water From the mist of Woonsocket Falls comes the roar of falling water — the sound of tremendous energy in motion. As the largest drop on the Blackstone River, Woonsocket Falls was — and still is today — a viable, natural . . . — — Map (db m197179) HM
This day commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I on November II, 1918. This centennial observance is made to honor all Woonsocket military service personnel who have gone before us. On November 13, . . . — — Map (db m197181) HM WM
World War II Begins September 1939
The start of World War II is considered to be September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded neighboring Poland. This date is used despite the aggression by Italy in Ethiopia and Japan in China several years earlier. . . . — — Map (db m197270) HM WM
On April 30, 1945 Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker as Berlin crumbled above under a massive Soviet onslaught.
German forces had been surrendering piecemeal in the field for several weeks to the Western Allies . . . — — Map (db m197280) HM WM
In honor of these who left
their daily tasks among us to serve
in the armed forces of our country
in the cause of freedom, World War II
★Robert O. Beaudry · ★Andrew F. Fierlit · ★Kenneth M. Hatch · . . . — — Map (db m197269) WM