The Jonathan Young Windmill is historically unique, with all of its early parts and machinery intact, far more than many others which have been substantially altered through restoration efforts. This mill was authentically restored by volunteers and donations through the efforts of the Orleans Historical Society over a two year period.
Water power was first used to turn millstones to grind grain but with the shortage of fast running rivers and streams, Cape Codders turned to the wind for power. This windmill was built in the early 1700’s in South Orleans. By 1839 it was moved to overlook the Town Cove on the present hillside site.
The Jonathan young Windmill is such a historic site. It is also a great place to sit on one of the benches and look at the beautiful view of the cove or bring a picnic lunch and sit at the picnic table right there!
I can’t decide if I like the photograph better in black and white or color. What do you think?