Fitch Tavern Weathercock.
he Minuteman was a Revolutionary War militiaman who was ready to fight on a minute's notice. Famous colonial Minutemen included Paul Revere, William Dawes, Colonel William Prescott, and many other patriots who fought for independence.
Service in the Militia was necessary requirement for all able-bodied men, especially those living on the Frontier. Militia drill in reality was nothing more than a practice march and sharp shooting contests. It was a party, more than a military exercise, usually at the local tavern.
On April 16, 1775, Paul Revere rode to nearby Concord to urge the patriots to move their military stores endangered by pending British troop movements. Two days later, he set out on his most famous journey to alert his countrymen that the redcoats were on the march, particularly in search of Revolutionary leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Because of his warning, the Minutemen were ready the next morning on Lexington Green for the historic battle that launched the War of Independence.
In 1775, Minutemen assembled at the Fitch Tavern in Bedford before the battle of Lexington and Concord, setting of “the shot heard 'round the World.” Perched on top of the barn at the old Fitch Tavern was the Crowing Rooster Weathervane.
hese faithful reproductions reflect the weathervane's functional past with a “weathered” copper patina finish. Both pieces are approximately 30” long by 20” high, with copper figure, copper spacer balls, solid brass directionals, steel rod and adjustable aluminum roof mounted.
The Crowing Rooster Weathervane
The pattern for this historic weathervane is copied from the wooden original made around 1755. (The cock, one of the oldest and most familiar weathervanes, dates back to at least tenth-century Europe). The Crowing Rooster helped to predict the changes in Bedford's weather until 1930 when the barn was dismantled.
The Running Horse Weathervane
Its streaming mane and tail say it all. This horse flies like the wind. No wonder the horse was a favorite motif for weather vanes, notably in early America. This equine indicator of shifting air currents is a classic example of folk art sculpture, as much a part of New England heritage as the elegant white church steeples.