Neglected for years, a Civil War monument in one Naugatuck valley town is getting a new lease on life.
The monument stood for nearly 140 years, but father time, mother nature, and vandals have taken a toll on the monument located on the Derby green.
After much planning, a number of communities are coming together to raise money to restore it to its original beauty.
"It’s a beautiful monument, design is just really well proportioned and detailed,” said Francis Miller, of Conserve Art LLC.
The bronze and the stone on Derby's Civil War monument, a tribute to the 82 men from Derby and neighboring Shelton who died in the war of rebellion, is showing its age.
"What's been really remarkable is seeing how this community has come together to support this, it's great. It's always wonderful to know people care about the history,” Miller said.
The cannons need to be lifted, the bronze statue repaired and restored, along with the plaques and the stone base that's been chipped away.
Back in the spring, Jamie Cohen first started reaching out to people, and since then he said they have nearly $40,000 pledged.
"People from other parts of the state of Connecticut who heard about this, to some respect was due to Channel 3, because most of the stuff has been local,” Cohen said.
The Valley Community Foundation, which he used to head up, is kicking off its big drive to fix the town green’s focal point.
On Thursday, Francis Miller, whose company restores monuments, was hired to work on the Derby one and was out doing some preliminary work, along with taking measurements.
"This is a piece of history, a piece of our community, a way to acknowledge all those brave men,” said Alan Tyma, of the Valley Community Foundation.
"The community came together and they built it, we have an obligation, 139 years later to make it, how it should have been maintained all those years,” Cohen said.
The restoration contractor says they'll be back in the spring to start working on the project.
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