Thought to be the largest solid granite monument in the United States, this 81-foot-tall granite statue was built to honor the passengers of the Mayflower. Boston sculptor Hammatt Billings designed the monument which features allegorical figures depicting the virtues of Faith, Morality, Education, Law, and Liberty. On the main pedestal stands the heroic figure of “Faith” with her right hand pointing toward heaven and her left hand clutching the Bible. A dedication on the monument reads, “National Monument to the Forefathers.
Erected by a grateful people in remembrance of their labors, sacrifices and sufferings for the cause of civil and religious liberty.” The original design called for the monument to be nearly twice as tall at 150 feet (just under the Statue of Liberty’s height of 151 feet).
The monument is free to visit and open to the public April-November. During the off-season if the gate is closed, visitors can walk in and view the monument. At times the gate may be open and visitors may park inside. Otherwise there is street parking. Also, the area will not be plowed in winter.
The site is managed and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and their furry companions (on a leash) to enjoy the monument’s lawn.
Image by Hawk Visuals