Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Ship with full Rigging

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started by publishing weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes all across New England.  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 is from a historic home in Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #178? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!

Today's weather vane is on display in Four Star General George S. Patton's personal office at the Patton Homestead in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  This office wing, including a library and master bedroom, was built just before World War II.  General Patton intended to retire to this country estate after World War II, but he was killed in a jeep accident in 1945 and never came home to this office or house.

This weather vane used to be on top of the main estate house.  The house was built in the 1790s, and was owned by the Patton family from 1928 until 2012.  The Patton family donated the main house and 27 acres of land to the Town of Hamilton.  The Patton Archive is located here in the former master bedroom, just barely visible through the door in the bottom photograph.  The archivist here had no further information on this weather vane, although it was known to be on the house before the Patton family owned the building.

For another blog post about another weather vane on display at the Patton Homestead, click here: 

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