Wilcox Park – Westerly

 

In the southwestern corner of Rhode Island is the quaint, but bustling, town of Westerly. The center of town offers many little shops and small restaurants among the towns government buildings. The highlight of the towns center is Wilcox Park which has a little over a half mile of walking paths, flower gardens, and towering trees of ash, cedar, cypress, birch and white oak. There is also a gazebo that has a very unique feature, that being an inverse ceiling. Fountains, a duck pond, and statues are also here including the Hikers Monument, honoring the soldiers of the Spanish America War and the Boxer Rebellion. The most famous statue here however is that of the Runaway Bunny. The bronze statue is named after the childs book by Margaret Wise Brown who also wrote Goodnight Moon. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

 

Trail maps can be found at: Wilcox Park

TWRI-Wilcox

“If you run away, I will run after you” Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise Brown)

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    • Jennifer Christensen
    • September 15th, 2016

    I was told the reason for the inverted ceiling in the gazebo is so when the band played (back in the day) the music would project out.

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