Visiting the tallest working windmill in the United States should be on any Pella visitor’s to-do list. The city, in conjunction with Vermeer Manufacturing, brought in a number of Dutch windmill craftsmen to ensure the structure (built in 2002) is authentic and in proper working condition. A guided tour educates attendees about windmills, how they operate and the materials used to build them. If you have a fear of heights, be aware that a portion of the tour traverses a high platform just below the blades of this powerhouse. Need a souvenir? Pick up a bag of wheat flour stone-ground on site.
The historical village contains about 20 buildings and structures visitors can explore via self-guided tours using provided maps (the blacksmith shop and the antiques shop are particularly interesting). Because this site is a lot of ground to cover, we were happy to see ample seating scattered throughout the facility for rest breaks. Interactive programs and interpreters enhance the overall experience but aren’t offered every day. Check the website or call ahead of time.
A $6 admission covers entrance to both the Vermeer Windmill and the historical village. If you also plan on visiting the Scholte House, buy a combo ticket for $11 to save a couple bucks.