Imagine 50, 100 years, or more from now, a future family member is restoring the home you built. During the restoration of the weathervane that you lovingly commissioned and affixed to your roof, a Time Capsule is found inside. Think of the anticipation it will generate to see the secret treasure inside. These future people will be instantly connected to you in the past as they examine the items you carefully packed and left for them to discover. They will be unwrapping your present from the distant past. A gift that time will only enhance. What story have you decided to tell them and what picture have you decided to paint of yourself or of your time? You will leave your mark on the future and become a part of history. Picture the newspaper byline “Ancient artifacts from the beginning of the millennium found in weathervane!“. This is a perfect time to initiate a Time Capsule.
In the book, Weathervane Secrets, Mabel E. Reavely brings to light the Lore and Legend of over a dozen weathervanes in New and Old England and shares the secrets found inside some of them. She writes “It’s not known, however, when or where this custom of enclosing documents in half or full-bodied weathervanes began. In bygone days, the maker, restorer, or repairer tucked a dated note inside. Later when the vanes were lowered to the ground for repairs, new data, even coins, were added.” Thus began a tradition that Ferro Weathervanes continues today.