Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ At a historic vacation destination

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 by a reader in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #323?  Scroll down to find the answer.







Scott Powell, a friend and fellow New Hampshire blogger, sent in this photo of of the eagle weather vane on top of the New Hampshire Veterans Association building in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.  This is an appropriate place for an eagle!  Military veterans have been vacationing here for over 130 years.

This weather vane is a large, three dimensional eagle.  It can be seen in old photos from the 1800s, so it must be original to the time this historic building headquarters was constructed in 1880 as part of a larger campground area with other dormitories (barracks), camping, cottages, picnic groves, and mustering fields close to the edge of Lake Winnepesaukee in Weirs Beach. Some of these buildings were destroyed by fires over the years, but many still remain standing.  This headquarters building is visible from the landing where you board the SS Mount Washington to tour the lake.

This historic building still houses veterans and their vacationing families of veterans in the "barracks", cottages and camping area next to the headquarters building.

Thanks, Scott!


For the truly curious:

The NH Veteran's Association:
http://www.thenhva.org/

A nice history of the NH Veteran's Association from the Weir's Beach website:
http://weirsbeach.com/reasons-to-visit/history/veterans/nh-va-history/

Scott Powell's blog "Lake Wicwas Nature Journal":
http://wicwaslake.blogspot.com/


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ At a vacation destination", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 8, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/weathervane-wednesday-at-historic.html: accessed [access date]).

1 comment:

  1. Alway learn something new - thanks Heather! Scott

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