Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Brought to you by the Letter "S"

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly, usually of weather vanes in the Nutfield, New Hampshire area, but sometimes they can be from anywhere. Occasionally they are elsewhere in New England, or very historical weather vanes from anywhere else. Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weathervanes, too!  Today's weather vane was seen in Hudson, New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #107? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!

I've driven by this house in Hudson, New Hampshire many times, and wondered about the letter "S" on the weather vane.  Of course, the wind doesn't always cooperate when I am photographing these weather vanes, so here the letter "S" appears backwards.  I decided to write to the Hudson Historical Society.  Here is their kind reply:

"The house you refer to is located on the corner of Derry Road and Highland Ave across from Library Park in Hudson. Many people, even those who live in Hudson, refer to this park as the Common. Library Park was given to the town by Mary Creutzborg, mother of Mrs. Alfred Hills.

Back to the house you asked about. It was built in 1875 by George Sanders; hence the origin of the “S” you spoke of. Mr. Sanders was an industrialist with many interests. Most specifically he started Hudson Water Company. This home was built for his residence. He also built the large apartment building across the way on Library Street and some single family houses along Ferry Street near the Park. These were used for company housing.

Mr. Sander’s house is an example of a fine victorian house. It was later owned by the Kendrick family and now by a Smith family. Thus, the “S” is back in usage!! Mr. ‘Lenny’ Smith did worked hard to retain the character and charm of the house. It is now listed on the National Historic Register.

Thanks for your interest in Hudson!

Ruth Parker, Member
Genealogy and Research Committee
Hudson Historical Society"

Hudson, New Hampshire Historical Society

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. you do realise that thieves are stealilng these weathervanes--and you have given the exact location, right?

  2. These historical weathervanes are not secret. They are all well known in each town and in the regions where they are located. I usually do not give exact locations (house numbers) nor do I publish streets for most private residences. Apartments, businesses, civic buildings, and so forth are identified only by street. They are all photographed from the street except in the cases where I have been invited into back yards or gardens to get closer. No one has ever asked me to not photograph or post their weathervane.

    I do not publish any weathervanes that are hidden or in cases where the homeowner wants the weathervane to remain hidden. I always ask permission to photograph inside museums and historical societies. Truly valuable weathervanes are not easily accessible for theft, and are usually inside museums where they are protected by alarm systems and locked doors.

    1. You stated that no one had ever asked you not to photograph or post their weathervane--did you ask the owner if you could photograph and or publish this particular weathervane?

    2. This is a very public area, and a high traffic location. I didn't ask permission here. It is well known in the area as a landmark and historical building.