March 28, 2012

Visitors Windmill at Kinderdijk World Heritage Site, the Netherlands

Kinderdijk Visitors Mill

The miller turns this wheel to reposition the mill, causing the windmill's sails to face the wind.
This scoop wheel carries water away from the windmill and toward a reservoir or holding pond.

Inside the mill, wheels and sprockets take up most of the space.
The wheels are made from hardwoods so they will last a long time.

The windmill's shaft is blocked off so tourists can't damage it by mistake.
The miller and his family lived in the remaining spaces inside the mill.  One famous miller had 13 children!

The miller and his wife slept in this tiny cabinet bed.

All photos copyright 2012 Nancy Parode / Old Line Photography.

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