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BOSTON – In the past decade the National Park Service has invested over $8M in preservation and restoration work at the Bunker Hill Monument. Today, the Park Service announced that it completed a multi-year, $2M infrastructure improvement to the Bunker Hill Monument, Lodge, and grounds that will improve visitor safety and preserve the historic property. Projects included the restoration of the granite stairs and rails at all four entry points to the Monument grounds as well as repairs and replacement of the 1850s cast iron fence surrounding the Monument. The Lodge will re-open on October 7 after the restoration of the Lodge’s original door, electrical upgrades, and installation of the historic light fixtures are complete.
"We anticipate continuing to make significant investments in advance of the Revolutionary War 250th Anniversary," stated Michael Creasey, Superintendent, National Parks of Boston. Future plans include the restoration of the William Prescott statue and repointing and repairs to the Monument pyramidion and observatory (the point at the top of the Monument). The park will also be installing a new irrigation system to allow for more effective watering of the lawn and trees to address the challenges of maintaining the steep landscape surrounding the Monument.
The National Parks of Boston looks forward to working with our community partners over the next few years on exciting plans to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill and the events leading to the founding of our nation. As Daniel Webster stated at the Monument's dedication in 1843,
"It has a purpose; and that purpose gives it character. That purpose enrobes it with dignity and moral grandeur…it looks, it speaks, it acts, to the full comprehension of every American mind, and the awakening of glowing enthusiasm in every American heart. Its silent, but awful utterance; its deep pathos, as it brings to our contemplation the 17th of June 1775, and the consequences which have result to us, to our country, and to the world, from the events of that day, and which we know must continue to rain influence on the destinies of mankind to the end of time…"
About the National Parks of Boston
The National Parks of Boston is a collection of three National Park Service sites – Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Established by individual legislation and for designated purposes, the three units have come together under a unified organizational umbrella to collaborate in ways that celebrate our cultural heritage, reconnect people to history and nature, and provide outdoor recreation opportunities on land and on the water. For more information on the National Parks of Boston, visit: www.nps.gov/bost, www.nps.gov/boaf, and www.bostonharborislands.org.
Last updated: September 14, 2022