These are a preliminary set of drawings based on a set of plans from the Mills Archive Trust originally prepared in 1934 two years after the mill lost its sails in a storm. Currently enthusiasts in Chatham are supplying information and photos so I can update the drawings to show the mill as it is now and the renovations they have carried out since 2010.

The mill was built in 1797 by Benjamin Godfrey, and was used to grind corn. The mill remained in commercial use until 1907, when it was significantly damaged in a storm. Although it was repaired, it was again damaged by severe weather in 1932.  It was originally located on Stage Harbor Road, and was moved to its present location in 1955, the year it was given to the town. At that time it was renovated but fell into disrepair again until a group of enthusiasts in 2010 renovated the mill yet again bringing it back to a condition where  it could grind flour yet again in 2012

The images immediately below are based on the 1934 drawings but scroll down to see images based on the 2012 restoration

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To visit the Godfrey Windmill website at Chatham click on this image

The images below are based on information supplied by the team who now care for the windmill. They are a group of volunteers (the Chatham Windmill Group) who worked cooperatively with Chatham's Parks and Recreation Dept. between 2010 & 2012 to bring the mill back to its former glory and to increase public awareness of one of the town's oldest and most historic buildings.

As a result of the efforts of the Town of Chatham and the Chatham Windmill Group, the windmill is now fully restored and is currently the only windmill on Cape Cod that (on special "Grinding Days") is set in motion and grinds corn - just as it did in the 18th and 19th centuries

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