Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A Fire Axe! Weathervane Wednesday


This fire ax weathervane is located above the Ould Newbury Fire Museum on Morgan Avenue in Newbury, Massachusetts.  It is across the street from the Newbury Fire Department at 3 Morgan Avenue.   The city of Newburyport has experienced many devastating conflagrations over the centuries (including 1811 and 1934), so this must be a very interesting museum.  Unfortunately, the museum is temporarily closed to the public.  The fire of 1811 destroyed about 250 wooden buildings, but resulted in a new law for only brick or stone structures downtown. This resulted in the charming brick neighborhoods around Market Square that draw so many tourists today. 

This unusual weathervane features a bright red axe, which identifies it as a firefighting tool.  The axe head and cardinal points are brightly gilded.  The weathervane appears to be in excellent condition, and newly painted and gilded. It is installed over a cupola with a fire bell. 

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To cite/link to this blog post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Fire Axe!  Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 25, 2022, ( accessed [access date]). 

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