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Surviving centuries of time historic wooden windmills, reminiscent of old time England, dot the landscape of Suffolk County’s lush east end scenery.

Suffolk County holds 11 such windmills. Few of this style of windmill remain in the United States and it’s quite unusual to find such a large concentration of them in one area. In fact, local historians claim that Long Island holds the largest number of this type of windmill in one place.

The windmills found on Long Island were constructed in the “smock mill” style, so-called because their skirted design resembled a baker’s smock. According to local historians, they are also called “cap mills” because the top cap of the mill rotates. They have oversized lattice blades and wood-shingle construction.

The historic windmills on Long Island were created by skilled artisans and many have been restored and are open for visitors to explore how these massive machines benefited early Americans and aided in their survival.

Following are some of the historic Long Island windmills available for the public to view:

Home Sweet Home Museum
The Pantigo Windmill
Built in 1804.
14 James Lane
East Hampton

Old Hook Mill
A windmill built by Nathaniel Dominy V in 1806.  The Hook Mill was restored to working order in 1939. Celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2006.
Montauk Highway
East Hampton

Beebe Windmill
This windmill was built in 1820 by Samuel Schellinger for Captain Lester Beebe.  The Beebe windmill has been moved numerous times since it has been built.  The Beebe Windmill is the only windmill in the United States that is iron-geared.  
Ocean Road
Open periodically in season.

Gardiner Windmill
Also built in 1804 by Nathaniel Dominy V. Stands in its original place.
James Lane
East Hampton
Contact for hours: hking@easthamptonvillage.org

Corwith Windmill
Corwith windmill was built in the 1800s in Sag Harbor.  It was moved in 1813 to its location now.  Corwith windmill was operating until 1887.  
Village Green Montauk Highway
Water Mill
631-726-5984 call for tour appointment

Shinnecock Windmill at Stony Brook Southampton College
This windmill was originally constructed in the early 1700s and moved from Southampton Village to its present location in 1890 as part of the former Claflin estate. It has been a college landmark since 1963, when the campus opened.
239 Montauk Hwy.
Exterior viewing only.

There are several other windmills on Long Island, not open to the public. These include:

Shelter Island Windmill
Built in 1810 in Southold by Nathaniel Dominy.  This windmill was moved to Shelter Island in 1839 and moved to its current location in 1926.
North of Manwarning Road
Shelter Island, NY
Not open to public.

Old Mill at Wainscott
Main Street; built in 1813 and moved several times.
Not open to the public.

Gardiner’s Island Mill
Built for the Gardiner family in 1795 and rebuilt 1815. Painted white.
Gardiner’s Island-Private Island
Not open to public

Southampton Mill
Dates back to the early 1900s.
National Golf Links
Sebonac Inlet Road.
Not open to the public.

Hayground Windmill
Built in 1801, moved in 1950.
Windmill Lane
East Hampton
Not open to the public.

While in Suffolk County explore other history & heritage sites, or climb to the top of a lighthouse. Order a Free Travel Guide  to help plan your visit.

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