Crews from Leesburg Public Works Department yesterday moved the new Stanley Caulkins memorial into place in front of the King Street building that housed his jewelry store for decades. At 10 a.m. Saturday, town leaders will gather there to formally dedicate the tribute to the longtime town business and civic leader.
The longtime downtown business owner, former Town Council member and beloved community steward died in January 2018. Since then, efforts by a group of his friends and community members have been underway to erect a bronze sculpture in his honor outside of his longtime storefront at 11 S. King St., now the home of Be Beauty and Black Hoof Brewery. The sculpture features Caulkins’ likeness sitting on a bench, with his inviting nature welcoming passersby to share a seat with him.
The sculpture will be dedicated by the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, which has served as the fundraising arm for the endeavor, at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The VFW will provide a color guard for the event and the West Point Glee club will have a soloist singing two of Caulkins’ favorite songs. A short reception at Black Hoof Brewery will follow.