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Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill in Middletown, Rhode Island by Jane Neill-Hancock

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Boyd’s Windmill, also known as Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill, built in 1810, is a historic smock mill in Middletown, Rhode Island.

It is also known as the Paradise Windmill as it now is standing in Paradise Valley Park.

John Peterson built the windmill on Old Mill Lane in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1810, and William Boyd purchased it in 1815. It originally had four common sails, but four more were added by the family.

The windmill was restored by the Middletown Historical Society after receiving it as a donation in 1990 and moving it to Paradise Valley Park in Middletown.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

The windmill is open to the public on Sunday afternoons in July, August and September.

we visited the windmill in August 2007 on a vacation, and YES to me Rhode Island IS Paradise! If I could live there year round I would be in heaven.

My name is Jane. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and an admirer of the arts. Here on RB I share my photography, writing, collages and art, and host many groups. I hope you enjoy my work.

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  • hummingbirds
    hummingbirdsalmost 2 years ago

    This is lovely, Jane!

  • thank you SO much. it was the first windmill I had ever seen so it was a magical day.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago


  • thank you lorilee

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 1 year ago

  • thank you so much for the feature Barbara! you know I appreciate it so much!

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsover 1 year ago

    Fabulous work…congratulations!

  • thank you so much Clare

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

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