Discovering the Outdoor Art of New Hampshire: Gale Park War Memorial

Each week Susanna Hargreaves explores a different piece of art in New Hampshire

StatueNew Hampshire is the home to some of the greatest artists in the world, and one of them was Daniel Chester French. Famous for his sculptures “Minute Man” in Concord, Massachusetts, and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Daniel Chester French’s work can be appreciated right here in New Hampshire. For the price of a tank of gas, art lovers don’t have to drive very far to experience something meaningful.

A moving tribute for our brave lost soldiers is The Gale Park War Memorial in Exeter. It is easily located on the corner of Front and Linden Street. If you have the time, you can admire the beautiful sculpture of a soldier being guided by his loving mother.

The dedication reads, “With veneration of those who died. Gratitude of those who lived. Trust in the patriotism of those who came after. The town of Exeter dedicates this memorial. To her sons and daughters of the World War.”

The park was dedicated to the town by Alice Gale Hobson in memory of her father General Stephen H. Gale.

Daniel Chester French was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on April 20, 1850. He died on October 7, 1931 and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Discovering art can be a free, fun, family experience. See how great art can inspire you and your family.

Susanna Hargreaves is a New Hampshire author. Find her work here.

Categories: NH History and Outdoor Art