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Vermeer Windmill

714 1st St
Pella, IA 50219

Status

Open and operating.

 

Tours

Tours are available during open hours.  Admission is $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for students, and $2.00 for children.

 

Hours

March 15 to December

   Monday - Saturday: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

   Closed Sundays

 

Closed / non-operational during winter.

 

Wheelchair Accessible

Ground floor and stage / stone floor via elevator.

 

Website

Pella Tulip Time

 

Tower Height

(unknown)

 

Sail Span

(unknown)

 

Uses

(2002 - present) Wheat

 

Constructed

(2000 - 2002)

 

Millwright

Lucas Verbij

 

Owner

City of Pella, IA (2000 - present)

Source

 

The Vermeer Windmill

Photo from Pella Tulip Time

History of the Mill

 

Nestled in the heart of downtown Pella, IA is the Vermeer Windmill, billed as the tallest operating windmill in the United States.  The traditional Dutch smock mill, built by Lucas Verbij, is based on an 1850s design from Groningen, Holland.  It rests on a four-story base to catch the wind over the height of the neighboring buildings.

 

The mill, constructed through fund-raising efforts, was completed and began grinding in 2002.  Local restaurants use the stone-ground flour to make fresh bread and buns.  Despite being a tall tower-stage mill, an elevator and walkway make this windmill handicapped-accessible at the stage level.  The new windmill is the centerpiece to the annual Pella Tulip Time Festival.