Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Historical Society Display

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #360?  Scroll down to find the answer.

early morning photo into the sun

Photographed in the shade, the gilding on this weathervane really pops! 

The horse weathervane is installed above a barn

This unique ox weathervane was found inside the barn photographed above

And this running horse weathervane was found in another building nearby
It looks like the one on the top of the barn. 

These three weathervanes were all photographed at the New London Historical Society in New London, New Hampshire.  This society maintains a lovely little "village" of buildings full of interesting displays, including the 1795 Griffin barn seen in the second photograph above.  The Griffin barn originally had an antique "Gabriel" weathervane (angel with a horn) that was stolen in the 1970.  The gilded horse is a reproduction installed in 2006.

Inside the Griffin barn was a display of farm implements and sleighs, and this wonderful ox weathervane.  The ox is two dimensional, but his horns are three dimensional, and he sports a wonderful green patina of age.  This ox came from a dairy farm in Massachusetts according to the email I received from the New London Historical Society.  One glance at this weathervane confirms that this an ox, not a dairy cow or bull.

We found another horse weathervane inside the Transportation building.  This second horse, see above, looks like an antique that was used as a model for the 2006 reproduction. My inquiry to the New London Historical Society did not confirm this.  This running horse also serves as a symbol of the society on their logo and on their website.  Both horses are similar, right down to the open mouth and the peg holding up the rear leg.

New London Historical Society:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Historical Society Display", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 25, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

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