during Chatham History Weekend 2018
Saturday, June 16
10 AM - 3PM
The Godfrey Windmill will be set in motion and grind corn the way it did when it was built over 220 years ago!
10 AM: Preparing the mill for grinding (putting cloth on the sails, etc.)
11 AM - 2 PM: Grinding corn (if the wind and weather permits!)
11 AM - 2 PM: Guided tours of the windmill
11 AM: Col. Godfrey talks about 1797 Chatham, his background and
Revolutionary War legacy
Noon: Edmund Robinson performs colonial fiddle music
1 PM: Col. Godfrey talks about 1797 Chatham, his background and
Revolutionary War legacy
Corn muffins will be available to visitors, as supplies permit.
Admission is free (donations to support the mill are welcome).
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 also invite
you to visit during our two
10 AM - 3 PM
Sat., June 16 &
Sat. August 18
When, if wind conditions are favorable, the Godfrey Windmill will be set in motion and grind corn the way it did two centuries ago!
(Even if the wind does not cooperate, the mill will be open for guided tours.)
*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)
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N 41o 40' 35.263"
W 69o 57' 31.341"
for additional information about the Godfrey Windmill
and other places of interest in Chatham, visit:
Chatham Walks - historic walking tour of downtown Chatham