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On Saturday the windmill was becalmed, but fortunately we were able to reschedule our Grinding Day for Sunday.  We remained open for tours on Saturday and visitors were able to enjoy the music of Edmund Robinson, who played traditional colonial music (including a song about a wind-powered grist mill!).  Col. Benjamin Godfrey was present to relate tales of his life in 18th century Chatham. Some future millers (?) even put their shoulders to the wheel in an attempt to set the mill's arms into the wind.

   On Sunday, with fair skies and better breezes, the mill was successfully set in motion and we were able to grind corn!

An rare sight - the Godfrey Windmill, as seen from across the Mill Pond, has reefed sails! (August 20, 2016)
The mill's location in Chase Park is a serene spot in the heart of Chatham.

The Godfrey Windmill is unscathed following the blizzard of January 26, 2015

June 2015 - The mill is ready to grind corn during Chatham's History Weekend
The mill's vanes are curved - like a propeller
2012 - The view from across Mill Pond (near the west end of Water Street)

Detail of a "bird's-eye view" map of Chatham, published in 1894 by Geo. Norris. This view has been enhanced to more easily to see certain historic buildings (starting from the upper right and continuing to the lower left)

  • the wharf at Stage Harbor
  • the Godfrey Windmill in its original location off Atwood St (Stage Harbor Rd)
  • the Joseph Atwood house (now the Atwood House Museum)
  • the residence, barn, and store of Zenas Nickerson, who also owned the windmill in the late 1800s (now only the house remains and is a private residence)
  • the Atwood School (now the Doc Keene Scout Hall) at the corner of Cedar St. and Stage Harbor Rd. 

(the full version of this map can be seen at Maps of Antiquity, Chatham, MA)

Visit Us at:

Chase Park

125 Shattuck Place

Chatham, Massachusetts


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


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for additional information about the Godfrey Windmill

and other places of interest in Chatham, visit:


Mobile Chatham


Historic Chatham


eTourChatham: Godfrey



Chatham Walks - historic walking tour of downtown Chatham 

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