About Us

Bar Harbor Weathervanes and Cupolas is a weathervane factory on the outskirts of Bar Harbor on route 3 right before you get to the island and Acadia National Park. We are next to the Trenton Airport. We are happy to say that we are lucky to be in the Bar Harbor area which is classified as one of the most beautiful locations here in Maine, which sometimes serves as an inspiration for our weathervanes. Bar Harbor Weathervanes was started by William H. McElvain Sr. in 1971 from his garage. He found that he had such a talent of bending and forming metals into weathervanes that he quit his day job to become a full time weathervane maker. Once William mastered the copper weathervane he started getting many requests for cupolas, which are great mounts for our weathervanes. He started making cupolas with copper tops to go with his weathervanes.

Please note that all weathervanes come without a cupola or a mount, this is because if you have a cupola you will not need mounting hardware, unless of course if you want a different cupola for your new weathervane. The cupola is the mount, our cupolas come weathervane ready with a ¾” hole in the top of the cupola to take the weathervane rod.  Please be sure to grease the weathervane spindle with marine or axle grease. Synthetic Lubricants also will work great on the weathervane spindle to keep the squeak away and keep the weathervane turning smoothly.

If you see a specific weathervane that you wish to view in person, please call ahead before coming to our retail locations outside of Bar Harbor Maine – this is because many of our hand made weathervanes are made once the weathervane order has been placed. Our larger weathervanes can take up to a month for us to make so they require purchase before they are manufactured. Also the same is said of our larger cupolas, many are made only after they have been ordered and can take up to month for us to produce. With this thought in mind it would be better to call to make sure we either have the weathervane and cupola in stock or order it in advance of your trip so that we will have it ready for you on your arrival to the Bar Harbor Retail Shop.