The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim Sculpture in Central Park


On the occasion of the New England Society's 75th year, the association commissioned the statue to honor the early colonists. The pilgrim grasps the muzzle of a flintlock musket in his right hand. The pedestal comprises four bas-reliefs depicting Crossbow and Arrows, the ship Mayflower, Commerce, and Bible and Sword. The inscription on the pedestal reads "To commemorate the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers on Plymouth Rock: December 21, 1620." The statue stands at the bottom of Pilgrim Hill, Central Park's favorite sledding area. The work was given a full-scale restoration in 1979, under the auspices of the Central Park Administrator's Office.


East Side between 72nd and 73rd Streets on Pilgrim Hill.

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Sculptor: John Quincy Adams Ward (1830-1910)
Pedestal: Richard Morris Hunt
Date: 1884
Placed in Park: 1885
Material: Bronze on granite pedestal
Commissioned by: New England Society of New York