Being from the UK, we do not hold windmills in quite the same esteem as US citizens. However, with their use becoming a more common sight over in England as renewable sources of electrical generation become ever more necessary, this museum caught our eye.
The first surprise was how large it is, both within the buildings and in the surrounding grounds. The second was the welcome we received on entering. Granted, it was not the tourist season so there were few people around but we were immediately accosted by a very friendly and knowledgeable gentleman who took us on a comprehensive tour of the exhibits with detailed descriptions of the workings and the background to the various types displayed.
Used initially by homesteads to pump well water, the windmill has progressed through many designs to the current, high-tech, versions now providing electricity nation-wide. Along the way some weird looking machines were devised and many of these are here, both on static display and working in the grounds. Indeed, one very impressive 'mill (more correctly termed turbine these days) supplies all of the electrical needs of the site and also feeds surplus to the grid.
Those of an artistic bent are well catered for by a huge mural painted on the wall of the restaurant depicting many versions and uses of the windmill over the last century or so within their, mainly rural, settings.This is a true work of art completed by a local lady and is worth the (very reasonable) entrance fee alone!
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