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Stop #1: Equestrian Monument to the Marquis de Lafayette

Paul Wayland Bartlett

Paul Bartlett's Marquis de Lafayette links Hartford to Paris. The 1907 first cast of the monument is today in Paris, America's gift to France in thanks for the Statue of Liberty of Liberty. This second cast of 1932 stands on Washington Street in Hartford and is Connecticut's finest example of an equestrian statue and a tribute to a foreign volunteer who helped the United States win its independence in the Revolution.

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Stop #2: Colonel Thomas Knowlton

Enoch Smith Woods

Colonel Thomas Knowlton was killed at the battle of Harlem Heights in 1776 and was considered a hero of the American Revolution. The statue was created to be a companion piece to the monuments to Nathan Hale, another Connecticut martyr of the Revolution. Enoch Woods’s sculpture of Knowlton was commissioned by the General Assembly of Connecticut in 1893.

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Stop #3: General Israel Putnam

John Quincy Adams Ward

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Stop #4: Nathan Hale

Enoch Smith Woods

Sculpted by Enoch Smith Woods, Nathan Hale was the runner up in a competition sponsored by the State of Connecticut. The winner of the competition was to be placed in the interior of the Capitol Building. James J. Goodwin, the man who commissioned the statue, presented it to The Wadsworth Atheneum in 1892.

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Stop #5: General Casimir Pulaski

Granville Wellington Carter

Granville Carter’s traditional equestrian monument of Revolutionary war hero General Casimir Pulaski was commissioned by the General Pulaski Memorial Committee of the United Polish Societies of Greater Hartford. The statue was dedicated on July 4, 1976.

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See reminders of the Patriots and Heroes who secured American Independence.

Statue of Lafayette

The Stops

Starting at stop #1, this Walking tour is miles long.