Robertson's windmill at Colonial Williamsburg future is in doubt


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windmills Robertson's windmill at Colonial Williamsburg future is in doubt

The recreated Robertson's windmill at Colonial Williamsburg has been closed for over a year, and is in need of some repair. It's future is somewhat undetermined, since much more reconstruction has been done since it was built in the 1950's, and its current location is seen to be both historically inaccurate, and also is now largely sheltered from the wind by trees which have grown up around it. The area in which it currently stands has been reconstructed as a late 18th century urban plantation, but it is unclear whether the windmill, which was known to exist a half century before that, would still have been in existence during this later period.

Possibilities being considered include resiting the windmill, or perhaps just its removal, though it is seen to be "an icon beyond its historical significance,"
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Item: #431, Posted: 8/2/05.


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