How the Jamestown windmill works will soon be easier to understand. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) has awarded the Society $11,650 to improve the signage inside the 1787 structure.
Under the grant, new and more attractive labels will replace the existing ones, and diagrams explaining the working of the mill will be added to relate the labeled mechanism to the actual milling operation. The second level, which was originally used for storage and is now empty, will be turned into a small museum of windmill history. Lighting will be added at all levels and used to call attention to distinctive features of the building and to the operations performed there.
The schedule calls for the project to be completed by Windmill Day 2014, which is planned for mid-July 2014.