Monument Square is located at the head of Main Street in downtown North Adams, Massachusetts. Over the years, Main Street has transformed from a tree-stumped and rooted road to providing the ever-growing population with homes, hotels, restaurants, taverns, theaters, drug stores, and department stores.
Monument Square is surrounded by the Congregational, Baptist, and Methodist churches, and the North Adams Public Library. It intersects Main Street with East Main, Church, and North Church Streets. In the center of it all stands the Civil War Soldiers' Monument. The statue was dedicated to the town of North Adams on July 4, 1878 by the Ladies Soldiers Aid Society.
This monument is one of three war memorials in the city. Located in the area bounded by Route 2/State Road, Demond Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue, and Roberts Drive––in the back portion of the former Price Chopper Supermarket parking lot––is a monument commemorating Fort Massachusetts and its defenders, in the spot where the fort was once stood. And, at the intersection of Route 2 and Eagle Street, the Veterans Memorial; featuring the names of the local veterans from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Found within the pages of this website you will find a brief history of this monument, learn about its sculptor, and its restorer, and see how the town square developed and changed through photographs taken throughout the ages, from its debut in 1878 to the present day.
This website was created on September 8, 2005, and last updated on May 28, 2016. The mission of this website is to educate the visitor about the Soldiers' Monument at Monument Square of North Adams, Massachusetts.
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