714 1st St
Pella, IA 50219
Open and operating.
Tours are available during open hours. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $6.00 for students, and $2.00 for children.
March 15 to December
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Closed / non-operational during winter.
Ground floor and stage / stone floor via elevator.
(2002 - present) Wheat
(2000 - 2002)
City of Pella, IA (2000 - present)
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.