OLD WOODEN WINDMILL

I was given permission to photograph this property this past summer. I made my way out in the fall. What a beautiful old farm yard this is.

The yard is beautifully kept and there were all sorts of interesting little buildings on the edge of the property, some tucked away in the trees and one overtaken by Mother Nature.

It is clear that the family of this old farmstead cares for this farm, which I am sure holds many memories for them, their children and grandchildren.

We found what I believe must have been the original home on the property.

This family immigrated to Canada in 1891 from England where they were wool cloth merchants. They arrived in Canada with five children.

Their son William married and had two boys of their own. He moved away from the original homestead of his parents and bought this farm. His son then farmed this land.

The home, small and quaint showed some signs of a time when it was still occupied. There was an old toaster on the counter along with an old plate.

And this old fridge

The one thing that really caught my attention on the farmstead was this old wooden windmill. I have come across many windmills in my travels but this one is something else.

It was in pretty good shape considering its age. I googled to see when these were used but was not able to find any further information on this. Can you imagine the wooden blades in a windstorm?

I am actually nervous about writing about this history because I don’t want to mess anything up.

It was definitely worth the trip. I very much enjoyed my walk around this old homestead and appreciate the welcome to photograph same from its current owner who loves this old farm dearly. He is also a photographer himself so there was that pressure as well, lol. He and his wife have so many beautiful memories to share about their childhood, their life on the farm and their life in general. I wouldn’t want to mess any of those memories up.

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