Saturday, August 20
11 am - 3 pm
The Benjamin Godfrey Windmill will be set in motion
to grind corn the way it did over 200 years ago!
Wind conditions permitting, the mill's arms will spin, the millstones will turn, and corn will be ground into cornmeal. As the only windmill on Cape Cod that is fully operational, this is a unique opportunity to see a working windmill. (Even if the wind refuses to cooperate, the windmill will be open for guided tours.)
The Godfrey Windmill will also be open for guided tours during on Friday, August 19 and Sunday August 21 from 11 am - 3 pm.
Admission is free - Donations are always welcome!
To see a video of the mill in operation click here
This event is being held in conjunction with the
Creative Arts Center's Festival of the Arts
Friday - Sunday, August 19 - 21
10 am - 5 pm
During the festival, parking near Chase Park is restricted. Chase Park is a short walk from Chatham's downtown shopping district.
Also, during the festival, there is free shuttle bus service to the entrance to Chase Park from parking areas at the Creative Arts Center (155 Crowell Rd.) and the Chatham Community Center (702 Main St.) Additional information about the Festival of the Arts can be found on the Creative Arts Center's website
We are open for tours this summer. Our guides are available to discuss the inner workings of this historic grist mill and to answer your questions. We are open:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
11 am - 3 pm
June 27 - September 2
*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
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 2009-12. 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. (It can take a few minutes for the Chronicle video to upload, so please be patient.)
125 Shattuck Place
(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