Philadelphia Sights

Smith Civil War Memorial

  • N. Concourse Dr., W. Fairmount Park Map It
  • Fairmount Park
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 02/01/2016

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Built between 1897 and 1912 with funds donated by wealthy foundry owner Richard Smith, the memorial honors Pennsylvania heroes of the Civil War. Among those immortalized in bronze are generals Meade and Hancock—and Smith himself. At the base of each tower is a curved wall with a bench. If you sit at one end and listen to a person whispering at the other end, you can understand why they're called the Whispering Benches. Unfortunately, litter is a constant problem here.

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N. Concourse Dr., W. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19131, USA

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Published 02/01/2016


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