Pella Historic Village

The tulips were gorgeous and we enjoyed touring the Pella historic area.

Wouldn’t you like to snuggle up with a good book in a  “bed in a closet” on a cold winter night?! I’m not so sure about that Dutch head gear though!


Visiting a Dutch kitchen for tea and pastries?   I’d be up for that!


Women’s work was definitely harder back then, but I do love the craftsmanship of things like this treadle sewing machine and weaving loom.  And the corn husk dolls at the quilting frame….adorable!

The mother framed by this Dutch lace on the window reminded me of my own mother and how she would have loved to be out and about at Pella Tulip Days!

Pella, Iowa windmill

If you travel through the upper Midwest, you might see these signs of 21st century wind power.

Iowa wind turbine
This is a photo taken by my sister.

But wind energy isn’t something new, as we were reminded when visiting the historic town of Pella, Iowa.  In the early part of the 21st century, this town founded by Dutch settlers had their own windmill built to remind us of days gone by.    According to the Pella Tulip Time website, the authentic working Dutch Mill was  built partly in Holland and assembled in Pella by skilled Dutch craftsmen. The mill grinds wheat into flour using only wind power and is the tallest working windmill in the United States.  It costs $8 to tour the working mill and the historic village, but I thought it was well worth the money!

working Dutch wind mill in USA
Working Dutch wind mill in Pella, Iowa

working Dutch wind mill in Pella, Iowa


All of the wood work inside the three story mill is amazing!  This shows the chute where the wheat is poured down into the millstones to be ground.The mill stones are quite large!

I was totally enchanted and felt like I was on a sailboat of the prairie.

Spring picnic

The weather was still gorgeous on Thursday, so Steven and I drove north on highway 17 to Briggs Woods county park for a picnic.   First we stopped at Wheatsfield’s, our local food co-0p, for some picnic food: Thai tuna burgers, ginger slaw and a delectable cold linguine with cashews.

I love these little remnants that show the scallions and even whisps of seaweed!

Briggs Woods Park was lovely and I hope to go back there to explore some more. The park has a lake, a tiny sand beach, a paved trail, three shelters including this barn, and is paired with a golf course.  There are also campsites and a couple of small cabins to rent.