A shiny new windmill once again presides over President Dwight David Eisenhower's Gettysburg home.
This is the third windmill to be installed at the site during the National Park Service ownership. The first one is now in the museum collection at the site; the second one had a structural failure and was partly disassembled for safety reasons.
On December 19th, thanks to a $5,000 donation from the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation, a new "old" windmill was installed over the site.
When the Eisenhowers purchased their farm in Gettysburg, the windmill was still being used to pump water into the home. Before moving in, the Eisenhowers expanded and renovated the farmhouse, including hooking up to public water, so the windmill has only been a charming antique that is well-loved by staff and visitors alike.
Nevertheless, the new windmill is capable of turning in the wind, and it has a lock down feature if needed.
For more information about the Eisenhower National Historic Site go to www.nps.gov/eise .