Fabyan Dutch Windmill in Batavia, Illinois Fabyan Dutch Windmill in Batavia, Illinois

Batavia, Illinois: Gone With the Wind

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Fabyan Dutch Windmill in Geneva, Illinois

Ever seen a real working windmill? You can just north of Batavia along Illinois Route 25 near Aurora.

The Fabyan Dutch Windmill has been praised as the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States. It stands 68 feet and five stories tall and was built between 1850 and 1860 by two German craftsmen.

In 1997, the Kane County Forest Preserve District invested more than $900,000 to fully restore the historic windmill. It opened to the public in 2005, and tours are available on weekends May through October and by appointment.

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