Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Historic Church

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 Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #200? Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weather vane was photographed at the Dane Street Congregational Church in Beverly, Massachusetts.  This the church my father attended as a child, and where he joined Boy Scout Troop #2 .  I was baptized here as a baby and went to Sunday School here.  In generations past, my ancestors attended church here, and one distant cousin, Reverend Joseph Emerson, was the second pastor here in 1803.  In the 1970s we removed from Beverly to Holden, Massachusetts and joined the First Congregational Church there.  My father was thrilled to learn that Rev. Robert Little, the pastor he knew from the Dane Street Church in the 1950s, was the pastor of the church in Holden.

According to the church history on their webpage, in 1801 several families in Beverly decided to establish the Third Congregational Church in Beverly.  The First Church had become a Unitarian church, and these conservative members wanted to stay Congregational.  They built a church which was destroyed by a fire in 1832.  This church building was constructed in 1833, and in 1837 the congregation voted to change the name from the Third Church to the Dane Street Congregational Church.

Dane Street Congregational Church, Beverly, Massachusetts 

Troop 2, Beverly, Massachusetts

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