Today's weather vane was photographed in Massachusetts
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This weathervane was photographed above the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church on the common in the center of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This church was founded as the Church of Christ in Chelmsford in 1655 by my9th great grandfather, the Reverend John Fiske.
This weathervane is a gilded arrow above gilded cardinal points. This church and the steeple were built in 1792, and the weathervane is very typical of this time period in New England. The church served as the town hall (meetinghouse) until 1880. In 1955 lightning struck the steeple and destroyed it, but a new one was built and the original weathervane was placed on top. In 1836 the original Puritan congregation became Unitarian. In 1844 the church joined the Universalist Society.
You can read more about Rev. John Fiske at my "Surname Saturday" post at this link: https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/07/surname-saturday-fiske-of-salem-wenham.html and you can see his tombstone (from behind the church in the Forefather's burial ground) at yesterday's "Tombstone Tuesday" post at this link: http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/09/tombstone-tuesday-rev-john-fiske.html
The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church website: http://www.uuchelmsford.org/
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Another Ancestral Church and Its Weathervane", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 7, 2016 (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/09/weathervane-wednesday-another-ancestral.html: accessed [access date]).