Built in 1797 by Colonel Benjamin Godfrey, the Chatham Windmill operated continuously for 100 years. This three-story windmill was built with an octagon-shaped base that stands 30 feet tall. The mill was severely damaged in a storm in the 1932. Stuart Crocker purchased the windmill in 1939 and was persuaded by the Chatham Historical Society to donate it to the Town of Chatham in the mid-1950s. Mr. and Mrs. Crocker agreed to donate the windmill with the provision that it would be relocated. The Godfrey Windmill was moved to its present location in Chase Park, renovated, and opened to the public in 1956.
Backstory and Context
This windmill was historically restored in 2009-12 so that it can now grind corn the way it did when it was built in 1797. A few times a year the mill in set in operation and grinds grain. More information about the history of Chatham's Godfrey Windmill, its current tour schedule, and events can be found on the website.