Country Farmhouse Windmill Lights, Fans and Decor

Lamp Goods Windmill Chandelier

Lamp Goods Windmill Chandelier

Windmill Chandeliers

This windmill chandelier is new to me. It is a windmill suspended from chain with four sockets for vintage bulbs.

Sagebrook Home Windmill Shelf and Wall Decor

Sagebrook Home Windmill Shelf and Wall Decor

Sagebrook Home makes Windmill Themed Decor.

Sagebrook Home Windmill Shelf

Sagebrook Home Windmill Shelf

The Windmill Shelf that looks like a windmill with it’s tower scaffold. It can rest on a table or floor or be mounted on the wall.

Sagebrook Home Windmill Wall Decor

Sagebrook Home Windmill Wall Decor

The coordinating wall decor is nearly 40″ high, made of wood and metal.

Quorum International Windmill Ceiling Fans

Quorum International Windmill Ceiling Fans

Windmill Ceiling Fans

Windmill Ceiling Fans seem like such a natural idea, I am surprised there aren’t more of them. Quorum made the first ones I remember seeing, but Progress Lighting now has Springer Windmill Ceiling Fans.

Progress Lighting P250000-129 Springer Collection Twelve-Blade Windmill Ceiling Fan in Bronze finish and Distressed Walnut blades

Progress Lighting P250000-129 Springer Collection Twelve-Blade Windmill Ceiling Fan in Bronze finish and Distressed Walnut blades

The Progress fans only comes in 60″ wide. They are for indoor use only and cannot have a light kit. They come in Antique Nickel finish with White Barnwood blades or Bronze finish with Distressed Walnut blades.

Quorum 52" Windmill Ceiling Fan with Quorum 1902 Clear Seedy Glass Damp Location Light Kit

Quorum 52″ Damp Location Windmill Ceiling Fan with Quorum 1902 Clear Seedy Glass Damp Location Light Kit

Quorum International Windmill Ceiling Fans come in sizes from 44″ to 72″. They are available in three finishes, Galvanized, Noir Black or Oiled Bronze with Weathered Oak blades.  They are available rated for damp locations on a covered porch. Coordinating Light Kits are available.

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Quorum 39158-86 Oiled Bronze Windmill Floor Fan with Weathered Oak Blades

Quorum 39158-86 Oiled Bronze Windmill Floor Fan with Weathered Oak Blades

Windmill Table and Floor Fans

Quorum’s Windmill Floor Fans are rated for damp locations, so you can use them on the porch.

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Lakeside Collection Small Windmill Desktop Fan

Lakeside Collection Small Windmill Desktop Fan

This cage fan is on a windmill scaffold with the tail. It uses a USB, so you can plug it into a laptop port or into the wall with a plug block like a cell phone charger.

Windmill Nightlights

Windmill Nightlights

Windmill Nightlights

These cute little nightlights are made by Colonial Tin Works, Park Designs and TG, whoever that is.

Alpine Metal Windmill Stakes

Alpine Metal Windmill Stakes

Windmill Lawn Decorations and Windmill Solar Lights

Alpine Corporation makes some really adorable garden decorations and solar stake lights. They come in different sizes and colors.

Headwind Consumer Products 830-1532 Metal Windmill Solar Stake Light

Headwind Consumer Products 830-1532 Metal Windmill Solar Stake Light

These both spin and light up. They are charged by the solar battery, not by wind power.


Windmill History

When you search for windmills, you find a lot of Dutch windmills. The windmills I am thinking of, though, are the self-regulating farm wind pumps. They were invented in 1854 by Daniel Halladay.

To get trains across America, water was crucial. Steam trains don’t run without water. So everywhere train tracks went, windmill water pumps lifted water from wells up into water tower tanks.

Halladay’s windmills have a lot more blades than earlier windmills, so even without much wind, they would turn. The gearbox is in the tower by the blades. It turns a crankshaft to a rod in a cylinder.

I thought windmills were only water pumps, but they were also used to make electricity, run sawmills, grind grain or run other machinery. Everything a watermill could do, a windmill could do.

The World' Small Wind Turbine - Educational Windmill Generator

The World’ Small Wind Turbine – Educational Windmill Generator

They use the same principal to generate light with this little LED Windmill.

The World' Small Wind Turbine - Educational Windmill Generator

The World’ Small Wind Turbine – Educational Windmill Generator


Restored windmills at Lubbock Windmill Museum at dusk. Photo from United States Department of Agriculture NRCS Texas

Restored windmills at Lubbock Windmill Museum at dusk.
Photo from United States Department of Agriculture NRCS Texas

Windmill Museums

The largest windmill museum in the world, is the American Windmill Museum in Lubbock, Texas.

American Windmill Museum

The hundred-plus windmills inside have signage with manufacturer’s history and usage information making a leisurely stroll through the exhibit hall a very informative experience. Comprehensive guided student tours are available.

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You can have your wedding there.

You can see 52 windmills at the Mid-America Windmill Museum, in Kendallville, Indiana.

Mid-America Windmill Museum

There are a total of fifty-two windmills that have been restored and are on exhibit in the museum barn or outside on the museum grounds. A highlight of the museum is a replica of the Robertson Post windmill, a single stone grist mill with a 52 foot diameter wind wheel. The original Robertson was shipped from England and erected on the James River near Jamestown, VA. in the 1620’s.

Through video presentations, guided tours, exhibits, interactive displays, photographs, and a museum library, volunteers provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of windmills and wind power.

www.midamericawindmillmuseum.org


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