Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Scarborough, 1950

Contributed by Scarborough Historical Society & Museum

Description

Sometime in 1910, two organizations, the Outlook Club and the Black Point Congregational Church, began fund raising for a monument to honor Civil War veterans from Scarborough. They held cake and ice cream sales with the goal of raising $1,000, which if accomplished, the town pledged $500. Soon, the Scarborough Soldiers' and Sailors' Association was formed and fund raising events were held throughout the town, raising another $1,000.

The monument was erected on the former sight of the Second Parish Meeting House in Dunstan Corner. It was built of Barre, Vermont granite at a total cost of $2,500, and dedicated on June 21, 1913. The sculptor was O.S. Tarbox of Red Beach, Maine, a town south of Calais on Route 1. The inscriptions on the the monument read, "Scarboro/To Her Sons/Who Fought/For/The Union with the dates 1773-1913.

The monument was originally erected to honor those who fought in the Civil War, but upon completion the dates inscribed on the base were changed to honor those who fought in all wars from the Revolutionary War through the Spanish-American War. For many years the town held Memorial Day parades marching from the Soldiers' and Sailors' monument to the Dunstan Cemetery, holding ceremonies at both locations to honor veterans.


About This Item

  • Title: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Scarborough, 1950
  • Creation Date: circa 1961
  • Subject Date: circa 1961
  • Town: Scarborough
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Scarborough Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 156, Scarborough, ME 04070-0156
(207)-885-9997

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