Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Dove with an Olive Branch

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 these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #265?  Scroll down to see the answer...





Sometimes the most beautiful weathervanes come from the most humble locations. This weathervane is located at the Amoskeag Chiropractic practice on the Amoskeag traffic circle on the west side of the Amoskeag bridge in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Traffic usually whizzes by these businesses, and I'm sure that not many drivers notice this lovely little weathervane.  This part of the city of Manchester was once known as Amoskeag Village.  It sits above the Amoskeag Falls, which powered all the textile mills through the power of the Merrimack River, which drops 50 feet here.

This two dimensional weather vane bird is obviously a dove since it carries an olive branch in its beak.  It is the only dove weathervane I have photographed.  The copper patina on the weathervane and the roof of the cupola is still colorful and in good shape.

I was also quite surprised to find this little historical marker next to the parking lot when I stopped to photograph this weathervane.  It is on a small boulder, and I didn't notice it driving by.



SITE OF
AMOSKEAG TAVERN
FAMED AS THE INN VISITED BY
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE 1825
PRESIDENT JACKSON 1833
GIFT OF AMOSKEAG OLD HOME WEEK ASSOCIATION
1913

This photo (below) of the Amoskeag Tavern was taken in 1906, and is part of the photoprint collection of the Manchester Historical Association, accession number 1950.037, image number 1950-37-007.  According to the description of the photo, it was taken just before demolition and there are three children barely visible playing on the lower steps. The photographer was Louisa Stearns.

According to the book The Amoskeag Manufacturing Co of Manchester, New Hampshire: A History, by George Waldo Browne, 1915, page 155, when President Andrew Jackson visited Manchester on June 28, 1833 "Stopping at Amoskeag Tavern, he inspected Bell mill, and was no doubt pleased with the evidence of prosperity... President Jackson, a southern man, was particularly interested in the development of cotton manufacture, then in its crucial period, and he visited all of the mills on his route."



Amoskeag Chiropractic  http://www.nhchiropractors.com/

Manchester Historic Association online catalog (including the photoprint collection):
http://manchester.pastperfect-online.com/31557cgi/mweb.exe?request=ks  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  A Dove with an Olive Branch", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 15, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/06/weathervane-wednesday-dove-with-olive.html:  accessed [access date]).

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