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Emmeline Wadsworth Memorial Fountain

Local Point of Interest

The Emmeline Wadsworth Memorial Fountain, affectionately known as Emmeline or simply the Bear Fountain, is perhaps Geneseo's most famous landmark.

Richard Morris Hunt, the famous American architect behind base of the Statue of Liberty and the façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, designed the red granite fountain. The bronze bear on top of the fountain is the work of French sculptor Antoine Barye. Herbert and William Austin Wadsworth, descendents from Geneseo's founding family, gave the fountain and its pipes to the town in 1888. They dedicated the fountain to Emmeline, their mother, an animal lover.