This is Turtle Boy

The Burnside Fountain of Worcester, MA (aka Turtle Boy)

The Burnside Fountain, known locally as Turtle Boy is located on the Worcester Common. It’s actually two pieces of art – the base and the statue. The base is made of pink granite and featured functioning watering troughs for horses and dogs when it was unveiled. The fountain and troughs don’t have water running to them anymore. There has been talk of restoring the water to the fountain and students at WPI did a study in 2012 but nothing has come of it so far.

The more well-known piece is the bronze statue of a boy holding a Hawksbill Sea Turtle called “Boy with a Turtle”. The statue is known locally as “Turtle Boy” though. Turtle Boy is either a beloved unofficial mascot of the City or a source of embarrassment depending on which Worcester resident you ask.

Obviously, I’ve embraced the statue as mascot. I built this site in 2008 and was part of the Turtle Boy Urban Gardening crew.

the Burnside Fountain from the left.
The statue is obviously the inspiration for the name “Turtle Boy”.

Turtle Boy is located in Worcester, MA at the corner of Franklin St. and Church St. I made a map so you can visit it when you’re in the City. Take a selfie and tag me @worcturtleboy on both Instagram and Twitter.

A brief history

1905

A Gift

Harriet Burnside bequeaths $5,000 to the City of Worcester to create a memorial to her Father.

1905
1912

Turtle Boy is Unveiled

The Burnside Fountain was installed in 1912 in Central Square, Worcester, MA.

1912
1969

Moved

Turtle Boy was moved from the original location to the present location in 1969.

1969
1970

STOLEN!

Someone stole Turtle Boy but then returned it. I guess it didn’t go with their decor?

1970
2010

TBUG is Born

Cathy Walsh of Sprout Flowers started the Turtle Boy Urban Gardeners by way of a Facebook Post. The group tended the garden until 2013.

2010

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