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ANGLA WINDMILLS

Location: N58° 31` 36.0", E22° 42` 1.00"

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The history of Angla windmills began at the end of 19th century. These days every peasant grew grain on his farmland, which had to be finely ground. The oldest of five windmills is Reinu windmill, which was built almost 200 years ago. The next by age is Lause windmill. Viita trestle windmill was built in 1910. Vilidu windmill was also built at the beginning of 20th century. These four windmills are typical wooden trestle windmills with rotatable bodies. These windcatchers could be turned towards whatever wind was blowing at the time. The fifth, Tedre farm windmill is a Dutch-style windmill having rotatable head. It was built in 1927. It stands in the middle of the group and is slightly taller than the others. Dutch-style windmills were usually made of stone, but this one has an eight-sided wooden construction. The windmill has four floors and two pairs of millstones. At the time of flour milling, the sails were added to the blades in order to catch the wind better.  

During the Soviet era, when the farms were replaced with collective farms, the windmills stopped working. In the middle of 1980s, the windmills were taken under heritage protection, but they were properly renovated by 2010. Unfortunately, only Vilidu windmill is renovated fully, so it can mill flour. The miller works there in summer. In the Dutch windmill, there is an exhibition introducing the history of windmills and local farming.  

Angla windmills are the best-remained windmill group in Estonia, which is located in its initial place at Angla Windmill Mount. In 2011 the Angla Heritage Culture Centre was founded there where visitors can learn to make national handicraft and take part in events of folk culture.