Did You Find All The Soldiers?

FRAMINGHAM – The old Shoppers World in Framingham was a joyous place during Christmas. Between Jordan March and the cinema, stood 24 wooden soldiers. The originals were hand-crafted by the Shoppers World maintenance worker and woodworker Hal Purrington.

In 1994, Shoppers World was demolished, the 20-foot General disappeared forever but many of the original soldiers were given away or sold.

But in the late 1990s, wooden soldiers re-appeared in Framingham.

These replica soldiers are placed throughout the community by Framingham Parks & Recreation now annually.

In 2015, there were 18 placed throughout Framingham. This year, there were 20 to find.

They were located at:

  • Bowditch Field – 2
  • Memorial Building – 2
  • MutualOne Band – 2
  • Cushing Memorial Park – Dudley Street – 2
  • M&O Building – 1
  • Loring Arena – 1
  • Adesa – 1
  • Downtown Framingham Common – 1
  • Framingham Centre Common – 1
  • Cushing back gate Keefe Tech side – 1
  • Russo’s Gas Station in Saxonville  – 1
  • Russo’s Old Bank Building on Water Street – 1
  • Robinson’s Hardware in Saxonville – 1
  • Little Tripoli Police substation – 1
  • Amazing Things Arts Center – 1
  • Edgell Memorial Library – 1

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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