Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Photos: Colonial Williamsburg’s Renovated Windmill Begins to Take Shape

The crane arrived from Newport News at around 10:15 a.m. Due to its size, the crane was legally not allowed on the highway until after 9 a.m. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)
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The Windmill of Colonial Williamsburg made major strides toward completion Tuesday, as the mill house was successfully lifted onto its post.

After being disassembled in 2010, a team of architects engineers and historians have been hard at work trying to create a more stable and historically accurate version of the structure. The revamped windmill has been moved from its original location near the Peyton Randolph House to near Great Hopes Plantation.

Tuesday’s ceremony involved the lifting of the mill house onto the post with a 180-ton crane that had to be driven up from Newport News.

Colonial Williamsburg employees estimate the remainder of the work on the windmill will be completed by the end of the month. The finishing touches include attaching the sails and fine-tuning the gears inside the mill house.

Once completed, the windmill will be the only functioning structure of its kind in the eastern United States.

The mill will grind corn grown nearby at Great Hopes Plantation. The finished product will be available for sale in Colonial Williamsburg.

Though the mill will be operation this fall, interactive tours and experiences are still under development and are expected to debut in March 2016.

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