In 1813, a miller from Bagnols-sur-Cèze asked the
town of Vénéjan for permission to build a windmill that would
supply flour to the surrounding area. As a result, this windmill turned steadily
for over 50 years, perhaps as many as 100 years. The industrial revolution
and successive wars were the undoing of this wonderful old windmill.
Free admission. Guided tours by appointment (contact
the town hall of Vénéjan Monday though Friday).
Today, the mill of Vénéjan has
been reborn. It has been restored with a thorough respect for the traditions
of Provence. Thanks to the skills of the "Compagnons du devoir," a
professional building guild, you can look at the mill and travel back in
time. The mechanism is in perfectly functioning condition, and when Aeolius
wills it, you can have the pleasure of seeing its sails turn.