The Story of Peace up on Monument Hill

Peace Monument in Leeds

Leeds has a unique Civil War Peace Monument erected on the highest point in town, elevation 198 ft., by the Howard brothers in memory of the 161 soldiers and sailors who served from this town. Learn about why, how, and when the monument was erected and the story of three brothers that made it happen as well as taking in the spectacular views out as far as the White Mountains.

Leeds had the largest per capita number of people serving in the war of any town in the State of Maine. Distinguished natives of Leeds; Major General Oliver Otis Howard, Rev. Roland Bailey Howard, and Brigadier General Charles H. Howard were all involved in the idea and erection of the monument to final peace marking the end of the Civil War.

Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and water to hike up the approximately 1 mile round trip to see the monument and views and will be guided by members of the Leeds Historical Society.


We will meet at the trailhead with parking along one side of the road. For those who do not or can not join us for the 1 mile round trip hike up to see the monument, we will station someone to tell the story of the Howard brothers and the monument at the trailhead with photos and other visual aids.

Starting Location:

Coming from Route 202, take ME Route 106 north just over 6 miles to Leeds and turn left onto Church Hill Road. In another mile, turn right onto North Road. In about .5 miles, look for the trailhead sign on the right. From Route 219, take North Road for 2.4 miles and look for the trailhead sign on the left. We will meet at the trailhead.

Ending Location:

We can linger on top of the hill for any questions and more conversation before we make our way down to our cars.
North Rd at Monument Hill trailhead
Leeds, Maine 04263

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Learn more about SDGs

  • 03 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

May 4, 2024 / 1:00 PM

Led by: Laura Juraska
Organization: Leeds Historical Society
Duration: 90 minutes
City/Town: Leeds
County: Androscoggin
Language(s): English