Madonna of the Trail is a series of 12 identical monuments dedicated to the spirit of pioneer women in the United States. The monuments were commissioned by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). They were installed in each of the 12 states along the National Old Trails Road, which extended from Cumberland, Maryland, to Upland, California.
Created by sculptor August Leimbach and funded by contributions, the Madonna of the Trail monuments were intended to provide a symbol of the courage and faith of the women whose strength and love aided so greatly in conquering the wilderness and establishing permanent homes. Dedicated in 1928 and 1929, the twelve statues became sources of local pride. Through the continuing efforts of local and national groups, all are currently in good condition and on display.
Great day for fun! Fabulous vendors and wonderful people! Hope they have it more often! Truly enjoyable
There were 12 of these constructed by the DAR in the 1920's. There is one on each state in which the National Roads Trail passes. If you are traveling the National Road, well worth a 15 minute stop.
A beautiful tribute as I enjoy seeing them whenever I am nearby!
Nicer than I ever realized. Very nice addition to the area.
Very nicely done Park. You need to visit. You can see the hatch which is the artist studios from the park.
The statue has beautiful and historic meaning to this town. But I thought is was a little silly moving the statue from its original place. It was there because of the national trail. Why was it ever moved?
Wow, not only she's a successful song artist, she's also history!
Stopped to look at the seasonal Scare-A-Crow display. Nice green space in downtown. Kids liked the water feature.