An antique windmill, thought to be 100 years old has been restored and transported to the St Lawrence Power & Equipment museum in the rural town of Madrid, New York. Prior to being moved, the 40 foot high windmill had to be dismantled and then restored to its former glory by volunteers at the museum.
The windmill is hoped to be ready for the upcoming Old Fashioned Harvest Days which are held each year. The motor and fan have been repaired so that the antique windmill will be functioning in time to demonstrate to visitors how water was pumped from the ground using wind power, long before the days of electricity. The windmill is typical of models used all over the world, an 1888 Aeromotor which is valued today at $10,000.
The windmill was purchased as part of the Tracy farm by three brothers who own LeBerge & Curtis Inc., which supplies lawn and farm equipment to the North country. It was decided by the brothers and their sister to donate the windmill to the museum rather than sell it, so that future generations could sample history and see how water used to be pumped from the ground in contrast to methods used today.
The same can be said for the craftsmanship which is to be found in many of the antiques to be found all over the world, not only agricultural equipment but also art and furniture. For instance, antique desks found in Lancashire, here in the United Kingdom are still attractive and practical in the home today.
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