As part of
Chatham History Weekend
The Godfrey Windmill will be
set in motion to grind corn*
the way it did from 1797-1907!
Grinding Day at the
Godfrey Grist Mill
will be held on
Saturday, June 17
11 am - 3 pm
This is a rare opportunity to see a 18th century windmill grind corn into corn meal.
*Of course, the operation of the mill depends on wind conditions. But even if the wind is insufficent to grind corn, the mill will be open for guided tours.
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 26 - September 1
We will also be open for tours during the
Friday - Sunday, August 18 - 20
10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, August 19
is also one of the mill's
when, wind conditions permitting, the mill
will be set in motion
to grind corn as it did over two centuries ago!
*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. The footage of the windmill begins at the 2:10 minute mark of the video.
(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