Welcome to Chatham's Godfrey Windmill

2017 Inaugural Event

As part of

Chatham History Weekend

 

The Godfrey Windmill will be

set in motion to grind corn*

the way it did from 1797-1907!

 

 This spring's

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.

 

  • 11 am and 1 pm:  Colonel Godfrey talks about 1797 Chatham, his background and Revolutionary War legacy.  
  • Noon:   Edmund Robinson performs colonial fiddle music. 
  • Corn muffins will be available to guests as supplies permit.

 

*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.

 

During History Weekend, all Historic Chatham museums and history centers will be open (at different times and days), with free admission.  Click here to learn more about Chatham History Weekend 2017.

2017 Tour Schedule*

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

Festival of the Arts

Friday - Sunday, August 18 - 20

10 am  - 4 pm

 

Saturday, August 19

is also one of the mill's

Grinding Days,

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

  welcome! 

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.) 

Visit Us at:

Chase Park

125 Shattuck Place

Chatham, Massachusetts

USA

(1/4 mile from the intersection of Main and Cross Streets)

 

for Detailed directions, click here.

 

for Custom directions, click here

Links:

for additional information about the Godfrey Windmill

and other places of interest in Chatham, visit:

 

Mobile Chatham

 

Historic Chatham

 

eTourChatham: Godfrey

  Windmill

 

Chatham Walks -historic walking tour of downtown Chatham 

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