Little Chute Windmill
|Little Chute Windmill|
|Mill name||Little Chute Windmill|
|Mill location||Little Chute, Wisconsin|
|Base storeys||Three-story base|
|Smock sides||Eight sides|
|No. of sails||Four sails|
|Type of sails||Common sails|
|Winding||Tailpole and winch|
The Little Chute Windmill and Van Asten Visitor Center is a functioning Dutch smock mill and interpretive center in Little Chute, Wisconsin, United States. The authentic wooden windmill is a tribute to the Dutch heritage of the village and the larger area known as the Fox River Valley in Wisconsin. Tours take visitors to the different levels of the windmill, allowing visitors to see the actual operation of the mill as it harnesses wind power to grind grain into flour.
The windmill and visitor center is located at 130 West Main Street in Little Chute.
The Windmill is an authentic 1850s design, based on similar mills from the province of Noord Brabant in the Netherlands, the home province of many of the first Dutch settlers to the area. The 38-meter (125 ft) high wooden windmill was designed by fourth-generation millwright Lucas Verbij of Verbij Hoogmade BV in the Netherlands. The windmill was partially constructed in the Netherlands and shipped for final assembly in Little Chute.
The Van Asten Visitor Center features displays on the history of Dutch settlement in Little Chute and the surrounding area. Displays, as well as archives, genealogy and research materials and work space, are managed by the Little Chute Historical Society. The Van Dyn Hoven Media Room, located inside Visitor Center, is available for rental and has audio/visual equipment that frequently shows photos of the windmill construction.
The windmill can only operate during the warmer, summer months but the Visitor Center is open year-round.
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