DEEP HQ Windmill
DEEP Western Headquarters, Harwinton
3 story windmill (~30 feet)
Update: Some more info on the fake windmill in the comments!
Don’t make fun of ME for putting this page together. Look in the mirror, buddy. You’re the one reading it.
Take a goooood long look.
I have a page listing all the towers and observation decks and whatnot around Connecticut. A three-story windmill in Harwinton? Sure, why not. It was locked up tight when I visited (as you’d expect), but it clearly contains stairs to the top.
And I would guess that some state employee has a key and has has been up the thing. I don’t have any information on it other than… it exists. In Harwinton. And is pretty darn unique in the state.
Lest you think I’m totally insane, Harwinton features the windmill on its official town homepage.
Furthermore, a reader alerted me to it, so I know there’s at least one other person out there who felt it CTMQ-worthy.
Dave saysSeptember 5, 2018 at 11:46 am
Wow, wish I saw this earlier this summer. I had the keys then.
Elgin saysJune 19, 2019 at 2:08 am
I used to live in Harwinton and never knew about this windmill, but stumbled upon it just recently. I have yet to go visit it, but am looking forward to it.
Also worthy of mentioning, “The Cat’s Meow” company (makers of wooden representations of different landmarks – mostly buildings and such) came out with their wooden version of this windmill in 2001.
From the brief write-up on the back of The Cat’s Meow item I recently purchased off e-bay:
“The Roraback windmill was built in 1936 by John Henry Roraback and was known as an ornamental windmill. The Department of Environmental Protection inherited the windmill in the late 1980’s. It was renovated to preserve a rare piece of history and is listed in Connecticut’s Records of Historical Buildings.”
So, that’s a thing… & apparently it’s worthy of being notable by more than just the folks from Harwinton, and one of your readers.