The Bird Homestead Preservation Trust, which runs educational programs at the Meeting House and Bird Homestead, has unveiled two original linocuts as the new emblems for the adjoining historic properties on Milton Road.
The Bird Homestead Preservation Trust, which runs educational programs at the Meeting House and Bird Homestead, has unveiled two original linocuts as the new emblems for the adjoining historic properties on Milton Road. The artwork was created and donated by Neil Brigham, an accomplished artist, in support of the organization’s mission of environmental protection, historic preservation, and education.
The emblem for the Bird Homestead is based on two roof ornaments, sometimes called scroll finials, which sit atop the roofline of the 1835 Bird House.
According to family tradition, they were handcrafted by Henry Bird, who was a skilled woodcarver. They represent stylized swans and most likely relate to the Bird family name. These architectural elements are unique to the Bird Homestead. The emblem for the Meeting House depicts the building’s distinctive and newly restored belfry.
The buildings overlook the Blind Brook estuary, intertwining their historical significance with ecological importance. An estuary is an area where salt water and fresh water mix, forming habitats that are more biologically productive than woodlands, grasslands or the open ocean.
The moon is depicted in the Bird Homestead emblem, referencing the importance of the tides to the character of the property. Henry Bird was a prominent entomologist, specializing in moths and butterflies, which are also thoughtfully represented in Brigham’s piece.
“Neil Brigham’s artwork elegantly communicates the beauty, precision and simplicity of nature. We are honored that Mr. Brigham has been so generous by donating his time and his unique artistic style in support of our mission,” said Aaron Griffiths, Secretary of the Bird Homestead Preservation Trust.