- America's first documented weather vane maker, Deacon Shem Drowne, created the famous grasshopper weathervane atop Boston's Faneuil Hall (1742), as well as the banner for Boston's Old North Church (1740), the rooster now on First Church in Cambridge (orig. 1721), and the large copper Indian for Boston's Province House (1716). Thomas Jefferson attached the weather vane on Monticello to a pointer in the ceiling of the room directly below, so he could read the direction of the wind from inside his home. George Washington commemorated the end of the Revolutionary War by commissioning a "Dove of Peace" weathervane from Joseph Rakestraw in 1787, for his estate at Mount Vernon.
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