Today, the town of Maynard gathers at Memorial Park for concerts, the observance of Veteran’s Day, and the annual Christmas tree lighting. But, almost two hundred years ago, Memorial Park was instead the Maynard Hotel, also known as Glendale House. The House was named after the blankets produced in the nearby mill. After the hotel was destroyed by fire in 1921, its remains were converted into the park we see today. The original monument is dedicated to Maynardians who fought in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. The World War II Honor Roll, once located at the Union Congregational Church, was moved to the park in 1964.
Fun fact: Veteran’s Day was once known as Armistice Day.