Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Moo! A Popular Ice Cream Spot in Massachusetts

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 town in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #186? Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weathervane was spotted at Richardson's Ice Cream in Middleton, Massachusetts.  This dairy farm is operated by the 8th and 9th generations of the Richardson family.  Not only are these Richardsons wonderful ice cream makers, but they are also distant cousins! We both descend from Thomas Richardson of Westmill, Hertfordshire, England.  His three sons, Samuel, Ezekiel and Thomas settled in Charlestown and Woburn, Massachusetts, and his daughter Elizabeth married Francis Wyman in 1617 and they became early Woburn settlers, too.  I descend from both Elizabeth (Richardson) Wyman (1593-1630) and Samuel Richardson (about 1602 - 1658).

In 1952 Ben and Hazen Richardson made their first ice cream and sold it in a stand on the side of Route 114.  By 1962 they had expanded to over 50 flavors. In 1978 they expanded to wholesale ice cream, and supplied ice cream stands all over New England, including Mack's Apples ice cream in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  I grew up enjoying the original ice cream stand, and later I found their ice cream in Londonderry when I married and moved to New Hampshire.  You can find Richardson's ice cream sold at Mack's Apples in the summer.  Yum!

Richardson's Ice Cream, Middleton, Massachusetts 

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