This is the photo of the barn early on before it had its doors built. You can see the cupola and there's just a small wooden spire temporarily in place while a beautiful copper weathervane was being made for the Miller museum.
The same year that the barn was built, mom had a great idea to have Miss Barbara, the artist, paint the barn and give it to dad as a birthday gift. Dad's birthday is in October so that's why she painted the autumn scene! She placed 4 Airedales in the painting and we figure that these guys must be Mitch and me in the front of the barn welcoming guests and we're also behind the barn playing while the guests are checking out the sights inside!
So now this beautiful white barn has a beautiful new weathervane on top of its cupola! It's a horse drawn hay rake. The hay rake is Northford's claim to fame for agricultural inventions. The Northford hay rake was invented in Northford by a gentleman named Edward Smith sometime between 1860 and 1880. In fact, the production of these was at a mill shop on the Farm River, which is only one half mile from where we live. The weathervane is shiny copper right now but give it 10 years and it'll oxidize and be that wonderful green! Isn't it pretty?!
And guess what else? Mitch got to hang with the boys at the museum while the weathervane was being installed! Is he lucky or what?!
So until next time..............
Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch