The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim watches over the year-round bustle of Pilgrim Hill, including sled races in winter and springtime picnics beneath the Yoshino cherry trees.

An early American settler stands confidently with one hand leaning on the muzzle of a flintlock musket. On the pedestal beneath him are four bas reliefs referencing the era—including the Mayflower—as well as an inscription: “To commemorate the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers on Plymouth Rock: December 21, 1620.”

The Pilgrim was commissioned in 1885 by the New England Society in celebration of its 75th year. It is among the most celebrated works of John Quincy Adams Ward, whose other Central Park sculptures include Indian Hunter, William Shakespeare, and the Seventh Regiment Memorial.