The soon to be restored Orono Civil War monument needs a new home.
Erected in 1890, Orono’s Civil War Monument honored 250 Orono men and boys who fought in a brutal war to save The Union—39 died from wounds or diseases. From 1890 to 1976, the monument was moved around Orono five times— from its original location in the center of town (Monument Square) to its final home in Webster Park. Through the years it suffered extensive damage; deemed unsafe for public display, it was dismantled in 2008.
The soldier statue was stored in the Keith Anderson Community House, and the pedestal left in the Webster Park, covered to prevent further deterioration. In 2013, The Orono Historical Society began raising funds privately to restore the monument.
With contributions from Orono residents, former residents, Orono businesses, Orono veterans groups, Orono Service organizations, fundraising events, and grants, the restoration project is nearing completion. The remaining repairs on the pedestal are underway in the studio of Peter Crockett, metal artist and owner of Argyle Iron Works.
With the cooperation of the Town of Orono, the Orono Historical Society is seeking a new home for the monument, one that is central, visible, and secure. The Orono Historical Society and the Town plan to rededicate the monument at the 38th annual Festival Day in September. Contributions to support the pedestal repair may be sent to the Orono Historical Society, PO Box 324, Orono, ME 04473.

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