Fabyan Windmill Reviews
At 68 feet tall, the five-story Fabyan Windmill in Batavia, Illinois, is considered one of the best examples of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States. Built in the mid-19th century, after a... more »
The windmill is very close to me. We do there for sliding in winter after snow and biking/running during other seasons. Historic values. It opens certain time of the week (Saturday?) and it is neat. more »
I have seen this place up close on location. But do not think I have ever seen the inside of the windmill.
Rare opportunity to visit and tour interior of a working windmill. From May through September, you can visit Fabyan Windmill at it's current location on the banks of the Fox River. Docents are on hand to enhance your experience on a self tour-or, you can join a docent led tour. Enter the windmill from it's unique basement foundation and then climb up 3 levels to the top! Stairs are steep-similar to a ships-and may be difficult for those of compromised physical ability. If you make it to the top you can walk around outside on platform that surrounds the windmill and can get very close to the silent whirring blades. Note that it takes a minimum of 10mph wind to drive the 4 huge blades of the windmill so, choose a windy day! The park that Fabyan Windmill lies on is beautiful! A bike paths passes by, a covered large picnic pavilion is on site that includes a river rock wood burning fireplace~! There are 3 parking lots offering at least 50 parking spots- Up top near windmill for easiest access or, park at the bottom and walk up the hill to the windmill site. Did I say it's free? But, a $2 donation per guest is suggested.
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