The Vermeer windmill is the “tallest working windmill in the United States “ according to the sign beside it. This replica of an 1850’s windmill is 124 feet from blade tip to the ground. We watched the volunteer connect the sail to the blade and begin the process of catching the gentle breeze as it turned to grind the wheat. The waterwheel was spinning as the water splashed down the wheel allowing the miller inside the building to grind corn.
The 1889 organ played a lively tune as the holes in the paper rolled over the mechanism. Bells chimed as figures of Dominie Scholte, his wife and six other figures took turns appearing in the windows of the Klockenspiel high above us.
The strange looking delft object is a tulip vase. The docent explained that when tulips were introduced to the Netherlands from Turkey, the bulbs cost a fortune. Some single bulbs were worth as much as the farm during tulip mania times.
The three berry homemade pie was delicious! (With 50-cent coffee, the treat was only $2.50). Dutch letters and cookies make wonderful treats too!