252-year-old windmill to again greet visitors in 2014
Holland, MI - Repairs to DeZwaan Windmill, a proud symbol of Holland's Dutch heritage have been completed. The windmill is on target to welcome visitors to Holland and Windmill Island Gardens in the spring.
"DeZwaan Windmill is so much more than an historic attraction. It's about education, learning the milling process, and showcasing the pride of the area's Dutch heritage," commented Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau. "The windmill came to Holland from the Netherlands in 1964 and has served as a centerpiece for the community ever since."
In 2012, the 252-year-old windmill underwent work to replace the observation deck and support beams. In the process, the Dutch millwright who came to oversee the work discovered the beam that spans the windmill's cap, a pivotal piece in its function, was cracked and the windmill was deemed inoperable.
During the recent repairs, the cap and turret were removed and rebuilt, including the 80-foot long vanes of the turret. The new cap features a copper tile roof, each tile hand-bent and fitted to insure proper fit. As the end of the repairs neared the turret and cap were skillfully hoisted and remounted onto the base of the windmill.
For more information on Holland, DeZwaan Windmill and Windmill Island Gardens, visit www.Holland.org or call 800-506-1299.
Holland's old world charm and upscale friendly atmosphere are just the beginning of your visit. Known around the world for the annual Tulip Time Festival and Dutch WinterFest, Holland exemplifies Dutch hospitality year-round. With first-class class hotels, restaurants, lakefront parks, specialty shopping and windmills, Holland is here for you.