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The Grasshopper Weathervane on Faneuil Hall on the Freedom Trail Boston

Along the Freedom Trail, in Boston, on the top of Faneuil Hall (The Cradle of Liberty) sits a giant golden grasshopper weathervane with a story as unique as the hall. The Grasshopper Weathervane was created by master coppersmith Shem Drowne in 1742, and the grasshopper references the royal exchange building in London.

During the American revolution the Sons of liberty would ask strangers “What sits on the top of Faneuil Hall?” If they answered incorrectly, they knew they were a spy.

Clever indeed.