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Westport To Unveil Restored Minute Man Monument

In October, the Minute Man Monument in Westport was undergoing an refurbishment to repair some of the damage endured since it was first unveiled in 1910.
In October, the Minute Man Monument in Westport was undergoing an refurbishment to repair some of the damage endured since it was first unveiled in 1910. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, File

WESTPORT, Conn. – First Selectman Jim Marpe will unveil the restored Minute Man Monument on Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Compo Road South and Compo Beach Road.

Members of the Historic District Commission, the Arts Advisory Committee and the Conservator will also be in attendance.

The monument and site restoration was performed by Francis Miller of ConserveArt with Marc Bolduc of Giunta-Bolduc as mason and Werner Horst as ironworker.

The project was supported by the Town of Westport and overseen by Westport’s Historic District Commission and the Arts Advisory Committee.

For more information on the project, visit the Historic District Commission page on the town’s website. Additional ceremonies and townwide events celebrating the restoration of the monument will be held in the spring.

In October, the town of Westport took a bit step toward completing the restoration of the town's historic and signature Minute Man Monument by laying capstones on the fieldstone wall around the monument.

The monument of a Minuteman soldier ready to fire his musket was first unveiled June 17, 1910. The location is where the fiercest part of the Battle of Compo Hill was fought in April 1777, when the British invaded Connecticut at Compo Beach.

Over the years, the landmark has seen its share of wear and tear, as repaving and regrading of the street buried the fieldstone wall around it, the air turned the bronze statue green and the elements caused damage to the monument’s iron fence.

The town has set out to restore the monument, with the restoration conducted by ConservArt. “We raised the wall about 16 inches all the way around and they did a beautiful job. That’s a huge change in the site, and it ties the base of the sculpture back down to the outer perimeter beautifully,” Francis Miller of ConservArt said in October.

Read more about the restoration work on the Minute Man statue here on the Daily Voice.

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