2016 Tour Schedule*: We will be open for guided tours this summer
Mondays**, Wednesdays, and Fridays
11 AM to 3 PM
June 27 to September 2
(**Note: the windmill will be closed on Monday, July 4)
*Tours may be cancelled due to rain or severe weather conditions. (This is done to protect this centuries-old mill from water damage.)
Admission is free - Donations to support the mill are always
2016 Grinding Days: Saturdays during
Chatham's History Weekend (June 18) and the
Festival of the Arts (August 20), 11 AM to 3 PM
Wind conditions permitting, the mill will be set in motion - with arms spinning and the grindstone turning - to grind corn into cornmeal.
This is a rare opportunity to see a functioning windmill!
(Even if the wind refuses to cooperate, the mill will be open for
tours on these two Saturdays.)
To see a video of the mill in operation click here
Special Hours: Group occasions (weddings, parties, private tours, etc.) may be arranged
Before and After: The Godfrey Windmill (a.k.a. the Chatham Windmill) photographed in May 2011 (inset) and September 2014
The windmill underwent an extensive restoration in 2010-12. Now it is fully functional and can grind grain into flour, just as it did in the 18th and 19th centuries. The mill was rededicated May 19, 2012 as part of Chatham's Tercentennial Celebration. (For more about the restoration, click here)
The restoration was featured on WCVB-TV's Chronicle in July 2012. Click here to see the episode entitled Chatham: Beaches and Baseball, which includes footage of the newly-restored Godfrey Mill.
(1/4 mile from the intersection of Main and Cross Streets)
for additional information about the Godfrey Windmill
and other places of interest in Chatham, visit:
Chatham Walks -historic walking tour of downtown Chatham