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This Windmill Doesn't Need Space Age Technology

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The world's largest windmill stands atop Howard's Knob in Watauga County, ready to generate electricity. On Roanoke Sound at Nags Head, Lynanne Wescott of Manteo is building a windmill based on a 19th-century design. The 35-foot windmill is authentic down to the hand-forged metal work and wooden parts that were cut with the old style tools. Handcut wooden nails join pieces of the structure together. Total cost for the project is $250,000. Wescott hopes the windmill will be a tourist attraction and a moneymaker. The windmill will be used to grind grain, and visitors will be able to view the entire process. Windmills of this type were part of North Carolina's coastal life in the early 1700s, but fell into disuse by the end of the 19th-century.
Carolina Country (NoCar HD 9688 N8 C38x), Vol. 11 Issue 9, Sept 1979, p14-15, il