Farris Windmill

Summary

The Farris windmill is said to be the oldest windmill in the United States. It was built in the mid-1600s and operated in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Farris family ran it for three generations, starting in 1782. The wind moved the sails of this windmill to operate the grain milling machinery inside. The stone first floor was added at Greenfield Village.

The Farris windmill is said to be the oldest windmill in the United States. It was built in the mid-1600s and operated in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Farris family ran it for three generations, starting in 1782. The wind moved the sails of this windmill to operate the grain milling machinery inside. The stone first floor was added at Greenfield Village.

Artifact

Windmill

Date Made

circa 1650

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, Massachusetts, Cape Cod 

Creator Notes

Built about 1650 near West Yarmouth on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Porches and Parlors District

Object ID

35.898.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Stone (Worked rock)

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