Crescent St., Duxbury
call Pilgrim Memorial State Park
High atop Captain's Hill, 200 feet above sea level,
stands the Myles Standish Monument, a 116-foot granite shaft crowned
by a 14-foot statue of Captain Myles Standish, military leader of
Plymouth Colony. Begun in 1872, completed in 1898, and refurbished
in 1988, the monument offers a panoramic view of the South Shore-church
spires, several 19th-century lighthouses, the five-mile-long Duxbury
Beach, Plymouth Harbor, and the Blue Hills off to the northwest.
When the building is open, visitors can climb
125 steps to a small viewing area at the top, but even from the
base of the monument the view is spectacular. Once cleared of trees
and underbrush for farming, most of the park is now a lovely pine
grove crisscrossed by walking paths. Picnic tables are available
in the summer.
Group tours can be requested (for the months of June, July, and August only) by calling (508) 208-0675.
Myles Standish Monument State Reservation is located in southeastern
From Boston: Take exit 10 off Rte. 3 to Rte. 3A
north, then the second intersection to S. Duxbury Center. Continue
straight along Standish St. to Crescent St., follow signs to Myles
From the south: Take Rte. 24 north to Rte. 44 east.
Continue on 44 east to Rte. 3 north. Take exit 10 off Rte. 3 to
Rte. 3A north, then the second intersection to S. Duxbury Center.
Continue straight along Standish St. to Crescent St., follow signs
to Myles Standish Monument.