Washington Square Park

Framed by Court St., St. Mary's Place, Woodbury Blvd., and S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY

Land set aside by Elisha Johnson in 1817 to be the city's first park


Overview Looking Southwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2020




"Located downtown near GEVA Theater, Washington Park is a quiet greenspace with benches that is dedicated to the veterans of the armed services. It features a beautiful monument to Abraham Lincoln. Besides being a favorite spot for lunchtime picnics, Washington Square is the home to summer concerts and various ceremonies."

Quotation from the City of Rochester website.

The park is the site of a monument to Civil War soldiers and sailors, topped by a statue of Abraham Lincoln. The monument was placed in 1892. Frederick Douglass was a frequent orator in the park and the location of one of several statues of the abolitionist in Rochester. (Click on the QR code for more information.)

The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

Update Log 

  • September 3, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • September 3, 2020: Added by J.R. Manning


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