Civil War statue first on historic registry
Civil war statue

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Civil War statue first on historic registry

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
2/15/2018


 

As of Monday night’s board meeting, the Grand Army of the Republic monument, located at 14 Baker Street in front of the American Legion, has been officially placed as the first item on the Village of Patchogue’s historic registry.

The designation came after an architectural review board recommendation, a brief public hearing with no one in opposition, and a unanimous board vote. Trustee Susan Brinkman, leader of the effort, said she was excited to finally reach this point and referenced the wonderful journey it has been.

“This has been a great learning experience,” she said, noting that the statue deserves the designation. The monument, she explained, was erected originally at the old high school on Academy Street and South Ocean Avenue in 1885 and then later moved circa 1925 to where it currently sits. The old, white-zinc statue, she said, reflects cultural history as a more affordable material purchased in catalogs for small municipalities.

After noticing the lean of the soldier on top of the monument, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War decided to fundraise for its restoration. Brinkman then got involved and decided to have it placed on the village’s registry, to be later placed on the county’s and state’s in an effort to open it up to grant funding.

SUVCW Richard J. Clark Camp 210 members Tom Badamo and Scot McKendrick said they were thankful for the efforts and proud of the designation. They estimate a total restoration cost of about $60,000.

Also at the meeting, David Kennedy, executive director of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and St. Patrick’s Day grand marshal, announced the St. Patrick’s Day passing of the sash at Fulton’s Gate on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. and the parade the next month on March 18 at noon, as well as the possibility of adding a second Family Fun Night date in the summer.

Deputy mayor Jack Krieger then acknowledged the fatality of a pedestrian at the Four Corners last week. He said the board along with the Suffolk County Police Department and SC Legis. Rob Calarco have been accessing that area to make it safer.