“Jack, Reilly, and Buster”

Congratulations, you otter-ly amazing human – you found one of our beautiful bronze otter sculptures! This sculpture is part of the Otter-ly Amazing Fredericksburg Project supported by Fredericksburg, VA Main Street, and the City of Fredericksburg.

Did you know that the Rappahannock River is home to the river otter? These furry river dwellers are a crucial indicator of an aquatic ecosystem’s health, and their presence is a sign of good water quality. Thanks to the cleanup efforts from local environmental organizations like Friends of the Rappahannock, otters have started returning to our river!

This otter proudly serves as a symbol of the health and vitality of our city.

Learn more about the river otter and this project at fredericksburgotters.com.

Our donors named their otters in honor of family members, important people, pets, or with a name that represents their values or beliefs. We hope you will enjoy the stories that weave a community together and give you a glimpse of the special people who call Fredericksburg home.

This river otter was proudly donated by:
Mary Jane O’Neill

These three river otter pups are named:
“Jack, Reilly, and Buster”

These were my three beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever dogs. All are dead now but each was so special. All were named after special friends of my late husband, Bob.

I chose to donate to this project because I love the idea of permanent art in the city connected to the river. I am a native of Fredericksburg and find so much joy in giving back to the city. This is a way for me to do something that will last forever.

By Mary Jane O’Neill