The windmill from the village of Zavershye (Ostrogozhsky district, Voronezh region) is located on a historical site. The time of construction is unknown. Smock mill with four sails and two pairs of millstones. Log construction. Was used as a flour mill (flour).
|Condition||The windmill is conserved|
|Status||In noone's possession, not used|
|Mechanism||Conserved, not restored|
The following historical parts of the mechanism have been preserved:
If you do not know, you will never guess it is a mill. The thing is that all the floors except for the first one have been removed. The first floor (with posts) during the Soviet times was divided into two parts. One was for the miller, the second one for the millstones. The millstones were rotated by a diesel engine outside the mill. It's easy to find the place where it was installed. The engine was connected only to one of the pairs of millstones. You will say that this structure can no longer be considered a mill and you will be absolutely right, if not for one thing. As the mill wasn’t abandoned and was under the roof, it has well preserved the wooden parts of the millstone system, e.g. hoppers. In addition, it is the only mill in Voronezh region on its historical site that is not going to collapse soon.
By the way, on the way back from Zavershie, while giving a lift to a local man, we asked him if there were any mills around there. He looked seriously at us and answered: "How many tons do you need to grind?" Well, it is Russian South...