Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
It is likely that the windmill was damaged during the 1781 siege of Yorktown. In 1801 it was referred to as the “Old Tower Windmill” suggesting it may not have been in operation. By 1840, the octagonal tower, missing its sails, was obviously in ruins as shown in the sketch above.
The use of wind to power mills for grinding grain dates to ancient times. A bluff-top site like this one was perfect for employing wind power to rotate the heavy grinding millstone, easing the task of producing flour and meal from wheat and corn. In Virginia, tidal and millpond water impoundments also provided power for gristmills.
Erected 2010 by York County.
Location. 37° 14.377′ N, 76° 30.634′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia Touch for map. Located along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aviation Field Yorktown (here, next to this marker); The Watermen's Museum (a few steps from this marker); Join the Adventure (a few steps from this marker); John Smith Explores the Chesapeake (a few steps from this marker); The Betsy (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Weapons Station (within shouting distance of this marker); The Yorktown Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesapeake Bay Watermen (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. Illustration courtesy of the Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 211 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.