Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weathervane Wednesday- What is it?

I've been collecting photographs of the many, many weather vanes in the Nutfield area (Derry and Londonderry, New Hampshire).  If you want a challenge, I'll post the locations at the bottom of the page so you can scroll down far enough to see the photo, but not the location, and try to guess where you may have seen these lovely weathervanes.

Do you know the location of weather vane #10?

I'm not sure if this is a fish, or something else?  But it is located on top of the converted barn located behind the fancy Victorian house known as "The Laurels" in North Londonderry Village.

For a look at an old postcard of The Laurels, as well as some historical information, try this link to the website Historic Londonderry, New Hampshire at   I think this same weathervane appears in the old postcard, but it is hard to tell.  The Laurels is a former boarding house on the old trolley line that used to run from Manchester to Canobie Lake Park in Salem.

Commenter Bill West was correct with the guess of a whale for the shape of this weathervane.  The Laurels was built by Civil War veteran and former whaling sea captain George S. Garvin according to page 34 of the book Londonderry, by the Londonderry Historical Society, published by Acadia Publishing in 2004.

Click here to see the other weather vanes in this series

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. I agree with your idea of a fish. Pretty cool looking.

  2. A whale. I think all the spiky looking things are supposed to be waves as it surfaces.

  3. Aren't those Arcadia Press "Images of America" books great?