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Where in Maine, Down East Magazine

Can you name this pretty park and the town where it’s found?

Photographed by Benjamin Williamson

A calm momentarily presides over this normally lively town park, where a bronze Civil War soldier plays stoic sentinel to freshly fallen snow atop a block of granite. Built by a prominent 19th-century sculptor — a Maine native who also created the Peace Monument in Washington, DC — the sculpture stands kitty-corner to a handsome city hall and just blocks from a Catholic church that received the title of Minor Basilica from the Vatican a little over a decade ago. Named after two saints, one of whom has patronage over a primary industry in the Pine Tree State, this nearby church is one of the last remaining places in Maine to attend regular masses conducted in French. A few blocks in the other direction winds a river, the name of which derives from an Algonquin word meaning “river of cliff rock shelters.” That river attracted industry in the 19th century, and it was the parent company of the town’s first textile mills that set aside this 9-acre parcel as a pleasuring ground for its employees. The park once went by a much more generic name than today, but in the 1960s, it was renamed for a speaker who reportedly prompted some 14,000 people to gather here on a freezing November night.

If you can name this pretty park and town where it’s found, send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; shoot an email to [email protected]; or post a comment to downeast.com. We’ll feature our favorite letter in an upcoming issue — and send the winner a Down East wall calendar.

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