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“classic slice of history”

Jonathan Young Windmill
Reviewed 26 June 2014

The old mill has been lovingly restored and situated in a park that provides restful vistas of the water.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

The windmill was built in 1720 in South Orleans and has been situated in this part of the Cape ever since even though it has changed ownership. Finally, it was deeded to the town of Orleans in a permanent site with a provision for restoration to its original shape. Although not operational, the windmill is in great shape, a reminder of the colonial heritage that relied on wind to power so much. It looks out onto the water with benches available for taking a breath of fresh air after a day at the beach. Things tend to slow down here with time to relax and reflect. It is rare to be connected to a building from the early 18th century, so enjoy it.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

We stopped at this windmill on our way up to Provincetown - well worth the stop! The windmill was gorgeous, and we got great pictures! A great 10 minute stop!

Thank Darbi T
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

We made a short detour on the way out of town to take a look and glad we did. Besides learning about the history of this peripatetic windmill, there are also some displays with some fascinating local history, including the fact that Orleans was attacked by a German U-boat during World War I. Most of the shells landed harmlessly on the beach and a marsh, the only raid against the U.S. mainland during the Great War.
If you're so inclined, you can also picnic at the windmill. It's just far enough off the main road that you'll not be distracted by the traffic hurdling toward the rotary just ahead.

1  Thank murrayhill
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Stoppped for a picnic here before our boat cruise (Seal Watch). Free parking, view of the water, picnic table. Great old windmill.

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