Old Windmill at Charles H. Bronson State Forest

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Windmill

One of my favorite places to roam in Florida is at Charles H. Bronson State Forest. I always get that “old Florida” feel when I am exploring there.  The area was once used for ranching and some of that history can still be seen throughout the area. It is a large forest with many trails, wooded areas and open pasture areas. It is also near the St. Johns River and the floodplains. It is a place of beauty with many layers of history.

A really neat relic from the past here is an old windmill that even still works. It is amazing to see it in action as the winds blow through the pasture lands. It pumps water from underground into a vat that cattle still use today for drinking water. The windmill was made by the Aermotor Windmill Company and it may date back to the early or mid-1900’s.

There are more windmills out here but this is the only intact one that I have found, I hope that it can remain that way for a long time to come. I can imagine future generations seeing it here still working, a reminder of old Florida…

My Video

Old Windmill at Charles H. Bronson State Forest

Resources

Charles H. Bronson State Forest

Out in The Boonies – Charles H. Bronson State Forest

Charles H. Bronson Wildlife Management Area

Aermotor Windmill Company

One thought on “Old Windmill at Charles H. Bronson State Forest

  1. I am on the board of directors of the Citrus county Historical Society. Just wondering if you might be available to do a presentation at one of our “coffee and conversation” sessions?

    Robert Croft 2651 E Truck Farm Ln Inverness, FL 34453

    cell: 816-820-2999

    On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:47 PM, Florida Trailblazer wrote:

    > floridatrailblazer posted: ” One of my favorite places to roam in Florida > is at Charles H. Bronson State Forest. I always get that “old Florida” feel > when I am exploring there. The area was once used for ranching and some of > that history can still be seen throughout the area. It i” >

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