Protecting, preserving, and promoting Worcester's World Heritage.
His Grace The Duke of Hamilton ~ Lord Faulkner of Worcester Lord Selkirk of Douglas ~ Prof. Ronald Hutton
The Hon. Lady Rosalind Morrison ~ Mr. Henry Berkeley
President: Benjamin Humphrey JP, FRSA
Chairman: Richard Shaw
A MONUMENT TO TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AMERICANS IN HISTORY
Adams and Jefferson Monument
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of the most significant individuals in the USA's history. They were instrumental in the authoring the Declaration of Independence and were vital to the drafting of the American Constitution. Both Adams and Jefferson were vehemently passionate about democracy and their visit to Worcester was no coincidence. They came to Worcester as a pilgrimage yet were desperately disappointed with what they found.
John Adams recorded his thoughts on the visit to Worcester in his diary (April 1786):
"...Worcester were curious and interesting to us, as Scænes where Freemen had fought for their Rights. The People in the Neighbourhood, appeared so ignorant and careless at Worcester that I was provoked and asked, "And do Englishmen so soon forget the ground where liberty was fought for? Tell your neighbours and your children that this is holy ground, much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in Pilgrimage to this Hill [Fort Royal] , once a Year."
The Battle of Worcester Society honours the suggestion of John Adams and every year we conduct a short, yet moving ceremony on Fort Royal Hill that commemorates and recognises the "ground where liberty was fought for". But as a society we want more. We would like to see a monument of Jefferson and Adams installed on Fort Royal Hill with John Adams' words prominent for all to see.