Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Is that the Red Baron?

Every Wednesday for almost a year and half I've been posting photographs of weathervanes located in or near the Nutfield area (the former name for the land where Londonderry, Derry and Windham, New Hampshire are now located).  Most are historically interesting or just whimsical and fun weathervanes.  Today's weathervane can be seen in northern New Hampshire.  Have fun guessing where you may have seen this weather vane.

Do you know the location of weather vane #82?  Scroll down to see the answer....

 Today's weather vane is located on the building at the entrance of the Settler's Green Outlet Mall in North Conway, New Hampshire.  It used to be an Orvis store, but is currently vacant. This building used to be the airplane hangar.  More than 30 years ago the mall property used to be the White Mountain airport. which was used for general aviation and had only one runway.  Scenic tourist flights over the White Mountain National forest were popular here at one time.  The airport closed in the 1980s and became the mall.  Now the closest airport is in Whitefield, New Hampshire, on an old polo field. 

This weather vane was made by Ron Bettencourt, a "semi-retired" blacksmith in Madison, New Hampshire.  His wife wrote to me about this weather vane a year ago, but this fall was our first chance to get up to North Conway to take a nice picture of this unique and whimsical weather vane.  She also told us about a "Cat and Mouse" weather vane in Sandwich, New Hampshire that Ron also made.  We will have to see the other weather vane sometime if we get over towards that part of the state.

Ron Bettencourt
Madison Village Workshop, Specialties in Wrought Iron
165 E. Madison Road
Madison, New Hampshire 03849 

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Neat! And very red indeed. You New Hampshire-ites have a wonderful sense of humor about your weathervanes. That must be a New England thing.