Group Seeks To Complete Boy Scout Sculpture After 76 Years

Aug 27, 2017


People in the Vermont city of Barre are working to create a granite sculpture to commemorate the community's claim to have been home to the first Boy Scout troop in the country.

Backers are raising money to finish the project that first began in the late 1930s and ended in 1941 with the death of the Carlo Abate, an Italian immigrant who helped train generations of Barre stone carvers.

It would be the fourth signature statue in Barre, a city that has billed itself "the granite capital of the world."

One of the people behind the project is Steve Restelli, a former Boy Scout. He says city's artisans have sent granite projects all over the world. He wants to see more done to commemorate locally their work.

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