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One of Cape Cod's few remaining historic windmills, located in Chatham, Massachusetts.
One of Cape Cod's few remaining historic windmills, located in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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Tomorrow (August 18, 2017) the cap and blades of the Godfrey Windmill will be turned into the wind and the mill will be grinding corn into cornmeal.

The mill will be open from 10 AM - 4 PM for guided tours. If wind conditions permit, you will able to see this centuries-old mill in operation.

We hope to see you at the windmill!

The Godfrey Windmill will also be open for tours Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, from 10 AM - 4 PM during the Festival of the Arts.

For more infomation, please visit http://www.ChathamWindmill.com
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UPDATE: Grinding Day at the Godfrey Grist Mill will be FRIDAY, August 18, 10 AM - 4 PM.

The windmill will be open for
TOURS EVERY DAY
during the Festival of the Arts (Friday - Sunday, August 18 - 20, 10 AM - 4 PM)

We look forward to seeing you during the Festival of the Arts!

(For the latest information about this event, please visit our website https://www.chathamwindmill.com/ )
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The GRINDING DAY at the GODFREY GRIST MILL will be held on FRIDAY, August 18, 10 AM - 4 PM.

The windmill will be open for
TOURS EVERY DAY
during the Festival of the Arts (Friday - Sunday, August 18 - 20, 10 AM - 4 PM)

We look forward to seeing you during the Festival of the Arts!

(For the latest information about this event, please visit our website https://www.chathamwindmill.com/ )
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MILL IN MOTION

During Chatham History Weekend 2017 the Godfrey Windmill was set in motion and ground corn the way it did when it was built in 1797.
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Highlights of Chatham History Weekend 2017 at the Godfrey Windmill.
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Although things didn't go as planned on Saturday, we were able to extend this event through Sunday when the mill was set in motion and ground corn into cornmeal!

Saturday featured special entertainment as a supplement to our guided tours.

Visitors to the mill were treated to a musical performance by Edmund Robinson. Mr. Robinson sang and played songs from the 18th and 19th centuries on his fiddle and five-string banjo. His repertoire even included a song about a wind-powered grist mill!

Col. Benjamin Godfrey (as interpreted by Bill Cullinane) was on hand to discuss life in Chatham in the 18th century.

Some future millers (?), after learning that the tail pole is used to turn the mill's vanes into the wind, decided to "put their shoulders to the wheel" in an attempt to adjust the mill's arms.

Our next Grinding Day will be held on Saturday, August 19. We hope you will stop by and see for yourself how this centuries-old grist mill grinds corn into corn meal the way it did when it was built 1797.

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Great photo of the Godfrey Windmill taken soon after its historic restoration was completed in 2012. Now that the windmill has been restored, it is able to grind corn the way it did two centuries ago. For our current event/tour schedule, visit https://www.chathamwindmill.com/
Godfrey Windmill - Cape Cod - Chatham, Massachusetts
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This porcelain dish would be the quintessential Cape Cod souvenir in the early 20th century, as it features both a cod(?) fish and a windmill. Dutch-style windmills were built in many locations on Cape Cod in the 17th-19th centuries. Most were grist mills, used to grind corn and rye. Windmills were once found in nearly every town on Cape Cod, but these days less than a dozen remain and only six are open to the public.

For more information about Chatham's historic Godfrey Grist Mill (Windmill), visit https://www.chathamwindmill.com/history/

#windmill #CapeCod #gristmill #Chatham
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This first day cover was created in 1980. The postage stamp is of the windmill in Eastham, MA (Cape Cod), but the image is of Chatham's Godfrey Windmill, with the Old Harbor Lifesaving Station beyond.

Neither of these two landmarks are in their original locations. The Old Harbor Lifesaving Station was moved to Race Point in Provincetown in 1977, while the Godfrey Windmill was moved from its original location east of Stage Harbor Rd., to Chase Park in 1955.

To lean more about Chatham's Historic Windmill, visit https://www.chathamwindmill.com/
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