Plaque at Washington Park rededicated in ceremony

The plaque at Washington Park in Warren is back.

“Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Colonists having been working on this project for over three years to find the information and gather all the documentation,” Judy Wilson, regent for the General Joseph Warren Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, said at Monday’s ceremony.

A deed entered on April 28, 1922, lists 13 members of the community who purchased 65 acres of land for Washington Park – C.T. Conarro, William Muir, F.E. Hertzel, Ed Walker, E.D. Wetmore, H.A. Logan, George Craft, F.B. Jackson, M.W. Jamieson, E.W. Campbell, A.J. Hazeltine, W.C. Heasley, and W.J. Bartholomew.

The men purchased and gave the property in 1932 to what was at the time the Town of Warren.

Roughly 20 years ago, the plaques at the park – a large commemoration and a smaller square plaque listing the names of the men who purchased the land for the park – were stolen.

After researching the park and its founders, Wilson said they were able to determine the plaques at Washington Park were identical to the plaques at Morck Park, where 13 elm trees were planted for the 13 colonies.

Wilson asked Sturdevant Signs in Warren if it could replace the plaques, and with help from the Warren Foundation and the Hal Conarro Family Foundation, the plaques were replicated.

“They did a fantastic job at replicating it,” Wilson said. “It’s exactly the same plaque.”

Groups represented at the rededication ceremony on Monday included the Magna Carta Dames, Society of Mayflower Descendants, Ancient & Honorable Artillery, Daughters of the American Colonists, Daughters of the American Revolution and U.S. Daughters of 1812.

“Thank you, Judy Wilson and your organization,” Mayor Maurice Cashman said during the rededication ceremony. “Part of our recorded history has now returned again.”