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The Fabyan Windmill

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 April 2021 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The Fabyan windmill is an authentic, working Dutch windmill dating from the 1850s and sits upon a hill on the eastern bank of the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois. Completely refurbished and operational, the windmill is a majestic sight that complements its surroundings in what was once the estate of Colonel George Fabyan. Now part of the Kane County Forest Preserve District, the windmill grove is the most visited in the region and is a widely popular living history exhibit.

During the mid-19th century, the Fabyan Windmill was constructed by German craftsmen, Louis Blackhaus, and his brother-in-law Freidrick Brockmann, on a site at Meyers Road near 16th Street in Lombard, Illinois.

By the early 20th century, the windmill had fallen into a state of disrepair. In 1914, George Fabyan purchased the windmill for approximately $8,000 from Mrs. Fred Runge. He then had it moved to its present location in Geneva just on the east side of the Fox River, close to Illinois Route 25 in July 1915. Fabyan spent an estimated $75,000 to have it moved, reconstructed, and restored.

The Edgar E. Belding Company of West Chicago was contracted by Fabyan to move the windmill from Lombard. It was slowly dismantled piece by piece, with Roman numerals carved into the beams and braces to facilitate correct reconstruction. Some of the largest beams had to be hauled by a team of mules.

The windmill was reassembled on its present site by a Danish millwright named Rasmussen, with the assistance of John Johnson and six others from the Wilson Bros. Construction Co. After nineteen months, the relocation and reconstruction were completed. The mill was a wonder in its day, because it is thought to be the only fully automatic wind-driven mill of its type.

Exposure bracketing helped bring out some detail in the windmill as this side was in the shade based on the sun's location

Photo captured March 21, 2021.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 21 mm

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That mill has great history. Photo is successful.

8 Apr 2021 5:28am

Martine from Brest, France

Magnifique moulin !

8 Apr 2021 5:38am

lisl from Winsley, United Kingdom

Very impressive restoration. Ginnie will love this!

8 Apr 2021 5:40am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Splendid mill very well maintained, it is really very beautiful under this blue sky

8 Apr 2021 5:52am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique ce moulin !!

8 Apr 2021 6:23am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful old windmill

8 Apr 2021 6:46am

Gérard Flayol from Château-Gombert, Marseille, France

Beautiful realization: we would believe ourselves elsewhere than in the States!

8 Apr 2021 7:16am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Did you buy any flour?
Nicely composed, filling the frame and the bracketing has brought out the shadow detail

8 Apr 2021 8:56am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Looks great !

8 Apr 2021 9:07am

helys from Paris, France


8 Apr 2021 9:14am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A magnificent look at this great old Windmill Steven. 5*

8 Apr 2021 9:54am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Stunning and gorgeous...the focus and details are just wonderful.

8 Apr 2021 10:04am

Rose from United States

It's a wonderful shot and I loved the history of it.

8 Apr 2021 10:45am

Maryse from bordeaux, Denmark

On en voit de moins en moins et surtout d'aussi bien entretenu que celui-ci !
Merci pour le partage.
Bonne journée Steven

8 Apr 2021 11:30am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Charming. We have one similar to this in NJ.

8 Apr 2021 1:23pm

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France


8 Apr 2021 2:00pm

Devi from Chennai, India

A superb capture and great History!!!!!

8 Apr 2021 2:47pm

jpla from Anjou, France

un joli moulin

8 Apr 2021 3:22pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

super les hélices

8 Apr 2021 3:46pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very cool Dutch windmill. I did not know there were any in the US. I'd love to see it.

8 Apr 2021 4:26pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !

8 Apr 2021 4:56pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Superbe et grande histoire sur ce moulin.
Il est de toute beauté.

8 Apr 2021 5:17pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

A Dutch windmill refurbished in Geneva, Illinois, fantastic to see and read.

8 Apr 2021 5:30pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of the mill and interesting history.

8 Apr 2021 6:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous photo of this magnificent mill. It's an amazing history, too.

8 Apr 2021 6:50pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Splendid photo .

8 Apr 2021 7:02pm

minsky from Fife, United Kingdom

superb framing and sky

8 Apr 2021 7:38pm

Hootin' Anni from United States

OMGosh!!! What an incredibly, beautiful & detailed image.

8 Apr 2021 10:17pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is gorgeous. Your work sure paid off.

9 Apr 2021 12:18am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely beautiful. This is a magnificent windmill. The history is so interesting. I am glad that it was saved. I can't imagine the work it must have taken to dismantle and move it.

9 Apr 2021 1:29am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Fine and historic public attraction. Nicely photographed in the harsh light.

9 Apr 2021 2:07am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Impressive looking windmill. Excellent photo that shows its detail very well. Thank you for the information as well.

9 Apr 2021 3:30am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

J'apprécie d'autant plus cette image de ce bel outil de travail du passé, car tu as su y joindre également, toutes les informations nécessaire le concernant.
Merci pour le partage.

9 Apr 2021 3:48am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

It is definitely a DUTCH mill, Steven, to which I can attest! Some of the mills here in the Netherlands also get moved from time to time (like after WWII), but I've never heard of any being moved as often as this one! I declare!

9 Apr 2021 5:02am

Alun from Cheshire, United Kingdom

Really lovely old windmill, we taken

9 Apr 2021 6:37am

jean pierre from Paris, France

superbe ce moulin!!!

9 Apr 2021 7:41am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Hey ... a Dutch windmill, always very nice to see.
Likewise this one

9 Apr 2021 8:35am

Willy from Belgium

un moulin à vent avec une histoire remarquable Steven

un très belle prise de vue

bonne journée

9 Apr 2021 9:54am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great realization! Beautiful capture!

9 Apr 2021 11:20am

Remus from Portugal

Undoubtedly, the resemblance to Dutch windmills is undeniable.
Excellent work, both by the builders and the photographer.

9 Apr 2021 3:38pm

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Bon cadrage de ce magnifique moulin !
Son histoire est très intéressante !

9 Apr 2021 7:55pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Splendid. Wonderful point of view and Excellent. :)

11 Apr 2021 3:30am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

superbe ce moulin !

11 Apr 2021 8:39am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Superbe angle de prise de vue!

11 Apr 2021 9:00am

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

What a history this mill has gone through.
Beautiful with that sky!

11 Apr 2021 9:52am

suzanne from Belgium

Un très beau moulin !
Une superbe prise !!!:-)

11 Apr 2021 7:36pm

Urspo from phoenix, United States

Lovely !

12 Apr 2021 12:45am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so pretty and love that sweeping sky

12 Apr 2021 6:56pm

Diane from Parksville, Canada

that's quite the history for this windmill.
That sky is the perfect backdrop fo the windmill. It's quite remarkable that people came up with structures like this to mill their grain, especially since they also powered them by wind. Very interesting Steven.

13 Apr 2021 4:31am