Windmills in McClellanville!

Model of the windmill Jonathan Lucas built at Cape Romain ca. 1790

Model of the windmill Jonathan Lucas built at Cape Romain ca. 1790. Thanks to the Village Museum, McClellanville.

There’s only one place in South Carolina you can see (and touch) remnants of an eighteenth-century windmill: the Village Museum in picturesque McClellanville. There you’ll find several impressively large iron fixtures on display that once formed part of the complex machinery of a wind-powered saw mill constructed ca. 1790. To help visitors understand how these iron parts operated in their original context, the museum also has an amazing working model of the windmill that once stood on nearby Mill Island in Cape Romain. The model, as seen in my photo to the right, is an excellent tool for explaining the value of wind-powered machinery in early South Carolina, and it’s a must-see item for every Lowcountry molinophile.

I’m taking my illustrated windmill lecture on the road this week, so if you’re in the McClellanville area please join me Friday evening for:

“Windmills in Early South Carolina”

Time: Friday, June 20th 2014 at 7 p.m.

Place: Town Hall, 405 Pinckney Street, McClellanville, SC, 29458.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nic Butler at butlern[at] or 843–805–6968.