In windy seaside areas lacking in rivers, post windmills ground grain for many generations. The entire body of the mill revolved atop a post. The small mills used on farms for single families were a sight unto themselves. They had parallels to a very ancient farm mill tradition in Scandinavia and southern Finland. Windmills were first mentioned in written documents in 14th century.

Sutlepa windmill

Did you know?

  • Names and the year “1748” are carved into the revolving log of Sutlepa windmill. The inner-facing part of the siding bears carvings representing sailboats and a magical labyrinth.
  • The mills were located in open, exposed higher points of land. Village youths would often frequent the island windmill mounts.