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Fabyan Windmill, Batavia

#84 of 135 in Historic Sites in Illinois
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Fabyan Windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s located in Geneva, Kane County, Illinois, just north of Batavia, Illinois, off Illinois Route 25. The five-story wooden smock mill with a stage, which stands 68 feet (21 m) tall, sits upon the onetime estate of Colonel George Fabyan, but is now part of the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

In 1979, the windmill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Dutch Mill. The following year, the windmill was selected to be on a U.S. postage stamp, as part of a series of five windmills in a stamp booklet called "Windmills USA." It originally operated as a custom grinding mill.
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  • This is a great park. Fantastic for walking and bicycling. We enjoy the sledding in the winter time too. The windmill has tours available during the summer and is quite interesting. It is fully...  more »
  • I'd been to the windmill with a friend and wanted to bring my husband. Alas, it is Friday and the windmill is closed. Even so, we enjoyed the placard information and walking around the outside. It is....  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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