In the magical region of the White Carpathians, on one of the unforested ridges, lying southeast of Kuželov, we find a windmill of the Dutch type, one of the few that has survived in the Czech Republic.
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Interesting facts Kuželov windmill
Its construction probably took place in 1842 and it served the local farmers from Kuželov and the surrounding villages for about 100 years, before its activities came to a complete halt in 1946. Since 1973, it has been owned by the Technical Museum in Brno, thanks to which the building was reconstructed and renovated, so that it was operational again, but it only served as a museum exhibit.
The original environment and almost completely preserved architecture, which is capable of exemplary operation, is preserved everywhere in the complex. The mill has a cone-shaped stone structure with a shingle roof, which is rotatably mounted and thus allows rotation around the vertical axis of the mill, so that the wind wheel can be adjusted against the wind at any time. The end of the main shaft is held by four wings.
Other buildings and outbuildings are scattered by the mill. On the three floors of the mill we can still find the original technical equipment, such as a vascular and thumb wheel on the third floor, on the second a grinding device and on the ground floor a sieving device and a flour. All equipment is a great proof of the composition of the Czech mill.
The grinding device consists of two millstones, the upper one can be raised and thus adjust the method of grinding. Bread was baked on the ground floor of the mill, as evidenced by the brick oven, which still stands here. Two entrances intentionally lead to the ground floor in case one of them is blocked by a rotating wheel.
In the economic and residential buildings near the mill, there is an exposition of mining housing and small-scale farming at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. There are also original agricultural tools and equipment, as well as tools used to maintain the mill. The traditional Horňácko festivities are regularly held in the mill in July.
Author: Andrea Štyndlová