These lions are a cool piece of Montgomery history you may not have known about.
The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park constitute one of the city’s more beautiful locations. There’s a ton of space to walk around and enjoy the scenery, which is some of the most green and welcoming you’ll find in Central Alabama. Thursday saw the addition of two lion statues that are a big part of Montgomery history – read on to find out more!
Just look at how the light hits these beautifully refurbished sculpture! (Source: Jacob Saylor/Central Alabama Weekend)
Two lion sculptures have traveled through Montgomery over the past fifty years, and now they’re at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens. Their history goes back a bit further, though, having been crafted around 1860 at the Robert Wood Foundry. In Montgomery, they guarded the estate of General Mitchell B. Houghton in Capitol Heights. The donation comes from Anton Haardt and Haardt Moses.
“We would like to thank the Haardt Family for this generous donation and the many people that helped with the restoration and installation of these beautiful additions,” reads the Montgomery Botanical Gardens website.
Robinson Iron repaired and secured the lions in the garden.
Here’s a look at the lions in front of their old posting from Google Maps:
The lions are, of course, easy to locate with those big, red arrows. (Source: Google Maps)
Here are a few quick shots from the Montgomery Botanical Gardens website showing the installation as it happened:
The lions were installed on Thursday, July 25. (Source: Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park)
So, be sure to get out and visit these lions as they guard a brand new spot in Montgomery!
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