Eastham Windmill

“Eastham’s Historic Windmill” from Eastham “Vacationist’s Handbook” 1960, Booklet. Internet ArchiveEastham Chamber of Commerce, 1960. https://archive.org/details/2010EasthamGuidebook/1960%20Eastham%20Vacationists%20Handbook%20/, Accessed 25 February 2024. 


The back of the postcard reads “THE OLD WINDMILL (CIRCA 1907) This vintage view captures the Eastham windmill from the north: looking south/southwest towards Orleans. The woman pictured is walking east along Depot Road, with the postcard camera man set up next to Mill Road (off to the left).
Souvenir Postcard #1 Eastham Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1329, Eastham, MA 02642 Design by Noel Beyle; original postcard printed by Provincetown Advocate”

Unknown photographer. “No. 354 Old Windmill, Eastham, Mass.” Postcard, circa 1907. Original postcard printed by the Provincetown Advocate.


Unknown photographer. “Old Fashioned Wind Mill, Eastham, Mass.” 1909. Published by The Rotograph Co., N.Y. City.


Unknown photographer. “Old Wind Mill, Eastham, Mass.” Postcard. Circa 1910


The back of the postcard reads “TOWN HALL & WINDMILL (BEFORE WORLD WAR I) The windmill poses with a broken arm for an early postcard photographer shortly after Eastham’s second town hall was built in 1913. The postcard was published by Mrs. John A. (Lucy) Knowles and sold in her tiny shop on nearby Locust Road. Souvenir Postcard #2 Eastham Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1329, Eastham, MA 02642
Design by Noel Beyle; original postcard printed by Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. of Belmast Maine.

Unknown photographer. “Town Hall and Windmill, Eastham, Mass. 3.” Postcard, 19173. Published by Mrs. John A. (Lucy) Knowles.



Unknown photographer. “Oldest Mill on the Cape, Eastham, Mass.” Circa 1915, Postcard. Eastham, Massachusetts. Published by Souvenir Post Card Co., New York and Berlin.


published by H.A. Dickerman & Sons, Taunton, Mass.
Unknown Author. Postcard, “Town Hall and Old Mill, Eastham, Mass.” Digital Commonwealth, https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/n8710784j (accessed August 18, 2022).



Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Benjamin Adams Buck, John E Linnett, and Henry Orange Glidden, Haskell, Arthur C, photographer. Cape Cod Windmill, Samoset Road moved from Plymouth to Truro to Eastham, MA, Eastham, Barnstable County, MA. Truro Eastham Plymouth Barnstable County Plymouth County Massachusetts, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ma0500/.


See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
See also Exterior – View from northwest. 1935. – Cape Cod Windmill, Samoset Road (moved from Plymouth to Truro to Eastham, MA), Eastham, Barnstable County, MA. Library of Congress. Accessed on March 10, 2024.


Van Vechten, Carl, photographer. Old windmill, Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Eastham United States Massachusetts, 1936. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004663801/. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.


Unknown photographer. “Old Windmill, Eastham, Cape Cod, Mass.” 1940. published by E.D. West Co., South Yarmouth, Cape Cod, Mass.


Unknown photographer. “Eastham Windmill (with Lillie Dill beside it).” Photograph.  Internet Archive. Eastham Public Library, circa 1940. https://archive.org/details/photoeasthamwind00unse/mode/2up. Accessed 16 March 2024.


OLDEST WINDMILL ON CAPE COD
Historical records indicate that Thomas Paine and others built two windmills in Eastham in 1683-84. This mill is believed to be one of those mills. The other mill stood in the north part of town and was demolished about 1850. The top stone of that mill isnow the doorstep of this mill. This mill was extensively repaired in 1793. The millright of that date commemorated the event by driving hand-made nails into a board, making the figures 1793- the board is still attached to the inside wall of the mill. Extensive repairs were again made to the mill in 1933.
The mill is operated every day during July and August and is open to visitors. — The meal ground at the mill is excellent and is for sale at a nominal price.

Open Shaw, Mary M. “Eastham windmill.” Photograph. Digital Commonwealth, http://openarchives.umb.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15774coll6/id/10402 (accessed November 13, 2023).

This appears to be the same photo on a different postcard, circa 1940.
Unknow photographer, “Old Grist Windmill at Eastham, Cape Cod, Mass.“, circa 1930, Eastham Massachusetts. Published by The Collotype Co., Elizabeth, N.J. and N.Y.



The back of the postcard reads “EASTHAM’S TERCENTENARY (1951) the title “Oldest Mill on Cape Cod” once belonged to a windmill in West Yarmouth that has long since been moved off Cape, so today Eastham’s mill takes top honors. This photo was popular during the town’s 1951 Tercentenary celebration. Souvenir Postcard #4, Eastham Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1329, Eastham, MA 02642. Design by Noel Beyle, orginal postcard published by Mrs. Helen B. Schwind of Eastham.”
This is a view west, down Samoset Road towards Cape Cod Bay.
Unknown photographer, “Oldest Mill on Cape Cod, Eastham, Mass.” 1951.


Photo by Percy F. “Pete” Williams.
Barnstable patriot. Windmill, Eastham. [ca. 1931–1978]. Web. 04 Jun 2023. Digital Commonwealth. https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/25156j155.


Unknown photographer. “Oldest Mill on Cape Cod, Eastham, MA.” Postcard,1954. Distributed by New Bedford News Co., Yarmouthport, Mass.


“Eastham’s Historic Windmill” from Eastham “Vacationist’s Handbook” 1960, Booklet. Internet ArchiveEastham Chamber of Commerce, 1960. https://archive.org/details/2010EasthamGuidebook/1960%20Eastham%20Vacationists%20Handbook%20/, Accessed 25 February 2024. 


The back of the postcard reads “Historic Windmill at Eastham on Cape Cod, Mass. Eastham’s mill is two hundred and fifty-one years old and still operates — grinding corn for the interest of visitors. The sails are set to provide added power for grinding. It is the oldest mill still in operatin on Cape Cod and is located on Samoset Road.
Photographer unknown. “Historic Windmill, Eastham, Cape Cod.” Postcard. 1960. Published by Bromley % Company, Inc. Boston, Mass. 02210.


Eastham windmill circa 1970. Visible just behind the windmill is the red house at 90 Samoset Road which was vacant for a number of years until it was purchased in 1972 by Noel Tipton. The renovation project, affectionately known as “Noel’s Ark”, including shingling the exterior with cedar shingles.

The back of the postcard reads “The mill is operted by means of sails on the large wooden fans or vanes. These vanes turn a big wheel that has wooden cogs. These cogs in turn mesh in a small iron gear atop a long vertical shaft inside the mill. The top millstone attached to the shaft weighs about one and a half tons. The bottom stone weighs slightly less. The outside top of the mill may be rotated on iron wheels on a track. the shaft carrying the blades has a six foot diameter wooden crown gear with individual oak teeth held in place by wedges. These turn a two foot iron spur gear on the vertical shaft and carries the drive down through a hole in the floor to the millstone below.
Photographer unknown. “Eastham Windmill, Eastham on Cape Cod.” Postcard, circa 1970. Published by Cape Cod Photos, Orleans MA.