Old Bet Statue

November 30, 2023

Thank you to the Wittmann family for their generosity in funding the Old Bet Sculpture for the Town of Somers, in memory of Joseph v. B. & Barbara S. Wittman. It was sculpted by Luigi Badia.  The Wittmann’s were staunch history advocates, members of Somers Historical Society and descendants of the van Cortlandt and van Rensselaer families, original Dutch settlers of Northern Westchester County, NY.  Mr. Wittman’s grandmother, Margaret Van Rensselaer Voislawsky, was a founding member of Somers Historical Society in 1956.

 

Many wonder when the new "Old Bet" will be displayed. The Town is seeking professional engineering guidance in evaluating the existing granite structure to determine if the new "Old Bet," which weighs roughly 525 pounds, can rest safely upon the current frame. We aim to ensure this priceless bronze statue will stand in the center of Town for the next 100 to 200 years. Our mission is to display the new "Old Bet" byQ1 2024.

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