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