Bushnell Park Brings History to Hartford
September 13, 2016 | trioonline
Bushnell Park has existed for more than a century in Hartford, a 37-acre enclave from the busy city. It's the oldest public park in the country, and so culturally rich that it's claimed a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, particularly as a result of its historic artwork.
The artwork shows up in several forms throughout the park, some of them functional. For instance, Bushnell Park's carousel is a work of art in and of itself. It was built in 1914 with 48 wooden horses and two chariots hand-carved by locally renowned carvers. Wooden roses sprinkle the horses and chariots.
Other masterpieces appear more traditionally, as statues. Once such statue pays homage to Horace Wells, the Hartford dentist who invented modern anesthesia, and another monument commemorates the local soldiers and sailors who have fallen in war. Visit the pumping station to get a peek inside a functioning anti-flood mechanism and explore the adjacent art gallery, or head to the brown-stone-edged pond for some time of quiet reflection.