Boyd’s Wind Grist Mill in Middletown, Rhode Island

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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Featured in Weekly Themes Challenges Group, 9-Jul-2013

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.

Dedicated to Rhode Island, the smallest USA state and the most beautiful.

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