Walter Daniels was honored to be chosen as General Contractor for this special project to restore a working Holland Windmill, from the early 1900s. Third-generation Dutch Windmill Maker Lucas Verbij was brought in by Kane County to lead the restoration design. Vintage 300-year-old timbers were shipped directly from Europe. Roman numeral markings carved into the beams used in original reconstruction were restored to their natural luster. Thirty-three workers mixed concrete by hand to build the dense 42 x 26 inch thick foundation. Inside the mill, the beams and shafts were built with cypress wood and trimmed with black walnut. New wooden gears were handcrafted. At the top, or cap, of the mill is a huge cogged wheel turned by wind blowing against the vanes. The vanes are covered with canvas sails to help catch the wind. The moving cog rotates a shaft running the height of the mill.
During restoration our engineers discovered a time capsule inside the mill. Documents included the names of persons who proudly worked on the mill in the 1930s as well as the 1960s. A few citizens describe parents and grandparents who were on the lists. The Forest Preserve added another list, information from the year 2004, and placed the time capsule back in its original spot.