Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Over the Girl Scout Office

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very interesting.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #226?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Today's weathervane was spotted above the offices of the Girl Scouts in North Andover, Massachusetts, on Route 114.  I often pass this way between New Hampshire and my relatives on the North Shore of Massachusetts.  The former name of this Girl Scout Council was "Spar and Spindle".  This weathervane is a two dimensional depiction of this, showing the maritime and early textile mill history of this area of Massachusetts.

It is difficult to see what this weathervane is unless you use binoculars or a zoom lens on a camera.  However, it is a clever weathervane if you know the history of New England and the historical name of this Girl Scout council!

If you are wondering - a spar is a mast or yardarm on a ship, and a spindle is used in spinning cotton or wool into thread for weaving.  Here is a photo of a spindle used in a textile mill in Lowell.  On this weathervane you can see the thread wound around the spindle.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
1740 Turnpike Street
North Andover, Massachusetts

Click here to see the entire series of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Over the Girl Scout Office", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 16, 2015
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