Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Firefighter in Virginia

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  Three years ago I started by publishing weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes all across New England and ever further afield.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weather vanes, too! Today's weather vane was spotted in Virginia by a reader.

Do you know the location of weather vane #171?   Scroll down to see the answer...

Today's weather vane was spotted and photographed by Thomas Tufts, who is also a genealogy blogger at "The Tufts Family Genealogy".   This weather vane can be found on the Friendship Firehouse Mueum in Alexandria, Virginia. It was established as the first volunteer fire department in Alexandria in 1774.  This museum sponsors a festival featuring antique fire fighting apparatus on the first Saturday in every August.  It is located on 107 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia.

This weather vane is a two dimensional fire fighter, holding an axe and a fire bucket.  That was state of the art equipment for fire fighting in 1774!  You can see the fire fighting helmet on his head.

The Friendship Firehouse Museum website 

The Tufts Family Genealogy Blog

Weather vanes in the news!

The steeple of the 185 year old Congregational Church in Westhampton, Massachusetts was repaired and the weathervane re-installed.  Story from the Westhampton Gazette:

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