“Dr. Seuss Memorial Garden is great for Dr. Seuss fans of any age!” Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is a sculpture garden off Chestnut Street in the quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.
The Quadrangle is a group of five museums in Springfield, Mass. It is a special cultural grouping of three world-class museums and two regional museums. They include The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, The Springfield Science Museum, and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture.
The sculpture garden honors renowned author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss. The outdoor sculpture garden has five large bronze statues of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters. Statues were designed by the author’s stepdaughter Lark Grey Dimond-Cates and created by sculptor Ron Henson. The bronze sculptures include " Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat", "The Storyteller", "Horton Court", "Horton Court", "The Lorax", and “Yertle the Turtle”.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet and cartoonist (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991). He is best known for the 46 children’s books he wrote illustrated and published with a style using imaginative characters, rhyme and use of anapestic meter.
Anapestic meter is a poetic meter having four anapestic metrical feet per line sometimes referred to as a "reverse dactyl". To clarify each foot has two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable. A well-known example of anapestic meter is the phrase "'Twas the night before Christmas" by
Clement Clarke Moore.
Springfield is on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River with a population of 153, 060. Connecticut River joins with Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and Mill River. It is 4 miles north of the Connecticut state line in the fertile Connecticut River Valley surrounded by mountains, bluffs and rolling hills. US 90, US 91, US 291 and US 391 pass through Springfield with easy access from many destinations.
West Springfield has a population of 28,391. It has the oldest brick saltbox house in the country, the Josiah Day House built in 1754. Chicopee River passes through Springfield joining the Connecticut River. It is the largest tributary to the Connecticut River in all Massachusetts although only 18 miles in length.
Connecticut River is the longest river in New England flowing 410 miles in a north-south direction. It passes through four states starting in Quebec Canada empting into the Long Island Sound. The word Connecticut is a French alteration of the Mohegan word quinetucket meaning ‘beside the long, tidal river’.
“Dr. Seuss Memorial Garden is a 4 ½ hour drive of 310 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 past Albany past the Massachusetts border into Springfield. Follow signs to the armory at One Armory Square Suite 2.
Here is a visitors comment on the museum tour:
“This was a really cool place! The statues and mazes were amazing.”