Pulteney Park, located on Geneva’s historic South Main Street, features the “Our Lady of Peace” statue positioned in the center of a stone fountain dedicated to the veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I. The statue faces east toward Seneca Lake and “Our Lady” has an unobstructed view of the lake that is otherwise shielded by historic row houses. Legend has it that a building once stood in the gap between the painted row houses until it burned down. When another building was constructed in its place, it too burned down. Finally a third building met its fiery end, and it was decided by community leaders that Our Lady’s view of the lake should remain forever unobstructed. Now, from Pulteney Park residents and visitors can share the awesome view of the lake with Our Lady. Another interesting fact about the Our Lady of Peace statue is that she has a twin! The first Peace statue was carved in pink marble and when completed was found to have a vein of a different color running through her face and so the statue was re-carved in gray marble. The pink statue was finished and sold as a statue of Pocahontas! Our Lady of Peace is sometimes clothed in a Santa hat and red cape during the Christmas season and a Hawaiian skirt and lei in the summer. During the pandemic, she was even "masked up." Whatever the season, she is a memorable part of Geneva’s history that stands sentinel over majestic Seneca Lake and is worth a visit. The park also has a great view of Geneva's famous "Rainbow Row," colorful rowhouses. Within the small park there's usually a seasonal floral display and resting places to enjoy the fresh air and the small town relaxing life.
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