What fate for the anachronistic Robertson's windmill?


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windmills What fate for the anachronistic Robertson's windmill?

The Robertson's windmill in Colonial Williamsburg is quietly regarded as a bit of an anachronism. The tourist attraction aims to recreate the area as it was in the 1770s, but new research suggests that by that date, the original windmill had disappeared. A windmill existed in the area in 1723, but its exact location has never been pinpointed, and the views of the 1956 report which preceeded the replica windmill's construction have been revised by later research.

The windmill has not been operational for 10 years, and has not been a featured element in ads over the past nine - being closed to visitors since 2002. An estimate of $500,000 has been mentioned to return the mill to working order, but it appears that even removal of the exhibit is being considered.

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Item: #717, Posted: 25/1/09.


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