While I was visiting Promenade Hill, I paid a visit to the statue of St. Winifred that is in the park. St. Winifred is Welsh, and is said to be the Patron Saint of Mariners (sailors). I guess that is why she keeps watch over the Hudson River!
The statue was given as a gift to the park by General John Watts DePeyster, who lived in Tivoli. General DePeyster purchased the statue for $10,000. He wanted it to be mounted in a fountain, at the Methodist Church in Tivoli, but they could not afford to build a fountain. He then offered the statue to the City of Hudson, who accepted it. The City of Hudson begun work on a base and fountain for the sculpture, and the statue was placed there in 1896.
Unfortunately, St. Winifred no longer stands over a fountain. She does continue to keep watch over the park and the Hudson River though!