Minuteman Statue: That’s A Wrap

The Minuteman statue just begs to be decorated.

Over the years he’s worn a Santa Claus hat and Easter bunny ears. He’s had flowers — and a bagel — stuck in his musket.

It’s all in good fun. Even if, every time, a few folks get all bent out of shape about the “desecration” of our town symbol.

This time, though, the entire statue is involved. The Minuteman looks like — I don’t know, an early Halloween celebrant.

(Photo/Betsy Phillips Kahn)

(Photo/Betsy Phillips Kahn)

But hold your fire. (Get it?!)

The wrapping job was official. The stones around it — and the statue itself — are being power washed.

Soon the cover will come off. The Minuteman will look as good as new. Or, at least as good as he did when the statue was dedicated in 1910.

And we can all go back to lovingly decorating the guy.

10 responses to “Minuteman Statue: That’s A Wrap

  1. Kathie Bennewitz

    Dan, fun blog!

    For fans of our town symbol and for Westport and CT history buffs, here is link to the study report that tells the history of the Minute Man Monument that we undertook to prepare for this important restoration: http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=5468

    and here is a link to the original 1910 dedication brochure:
    http://www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=5470

    • Wendy Crowther

      Just read the original dedication brochure. Wow. It makes me so proud of the local patriots who defended our town and country. I’m also proud that the Minuteman Statue still stands today. My thanks to the those who are restoring this great monument.

  2. 100 years of patination not a problem? Just asking. I have no clue, really.

  3. Kathie Bennewitz

    (the green oxidation and acid rain corrodes the bronze)

  4. Perhaps Christo was here?

  5. He gets a bath every 104 years whether he needs it or not.

  6. Remember when He stood guard over by the Clam Box, at the Long Lots Rd. Intersection?

  7. Wasn’t the original staples h s mascot The Minute Men?