Duxbury, Massachusetts: Myles Standish Monument

A short man, mocked as "Captain Shrimp" by his detractors, honored with the then-third-highest monument in America in 1898, at the peak of anti-Catholic-immigrant fever. The statue of Standish at the top of the 116-foot-high tower is 14 feet tall. A lightning bolt blew off Standish's head and arm on August 26, 1922. Today only one part of the entire statue -- the other arm -- is original.

Address:
128 Crescent St., Duxbury, MA
Directions:
South of town. Hwy 3 exit 10. Drive east on Hwy 3A for 1.5 miles. Turn right at the blinking light onto Toby Garden St. Drive three-quarters of a mile. Turn right onto Standish St. Drive a half-mile. Bear right onto Crescent St. Follow it about a mile to the top of the hill. Climb 125 steps of the tower.
Hours:
Sa-Su 9:30-5. Park gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
508-208-0675
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Myles Standish Monument.

Myles Standish Monument

Myles Standish looks back toward England, from whence he came.

[Allen Sangster, 07/09/2022]

A lightning bolt blew off the head and arm of this 1872 Pilgrim statue on August 26, 1922. Standish's body has since been almost completely replaced, but his original granite legs are still on display a few miles inland in Halifax.


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