Dutch Polder Mill This polder mill, built in 1862, was used for draining polders. In 1953, it was in an extremely dilapidated condition in Noordlaren (Province Groningen, the Netherlands). It was reconstructed in the Dutch Open Air Museum in 1960.
The serene (and somewhat stereotypical) Netherlands Windmill has become nearly a national symbol for the Dutch - a common feature on postcards, t-shirts, delft blue pottery and other souvenir novelties. Originally, windmills were machines that convert the energy of wind for milling grain for food production.