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Welcome to our website!
Whether you are a long-time customer or a new visitor, welcome to the website for our popular little ice cream shoppe located in the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin. Generations of local residents and visitors to the Lake Nokomis area have fond memories of getting ice cream and other treats from The Windmill. Some people have described their trips to The Windmill as "a religious experience".
Not only do we offer your favorite ice cream flavors in cones or bowls; we also can make you a shake, malt, sundae, or banana split with any flavors you wish.
We also have frozen slushies, refreshing semi-frozen drinks for those who want a cold, non-dairy treat.
We've made our own pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup since 1989. It has gone to 6 continents around the world (we're still working on Antarctica) and is available in a variety of sizes and shapes of containers.
In addition, we have cold beverages and a selection of unique candy treats.
Why not check out this video excerpt from the Wisconsin Public Television special "Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations"? At the 2:40 mark in this clip, you'll see a place you'll recognize...
It's a great day for ice cream... but isn't every day?
Easy to find!
By boat, bike, car, or whatever form of transportation you have available, The Windmill is easy to find at 1972 Hwy L on Lake Nokomis, 7 miles north of Tomahawk, WI. We are at the north end of the Hiawatha Bike Trail that travels along the old railroad bed from Tomahawk.
Back in history...
This postcard from 1953 was found on eBay. It shows the Highway L (at one time, US Highway 51) bridge from the south. You can see the 6-bladed windmill to the right. The trees sure have grown in 50+ years!
The back reads: "Hi, this sure is the life, wonderful today (Sun). The kids have been in the water and fishing since they got up, we all had a boat ride today. Just got dinner dishes done, the little ones are sleeping now. The guys out in the shade reading. Last night the mosquitos were terrific. But I guess they always are at night. Now it's O.K. Bought our groceries last night. Really quiet though. See you. Helen(?)"
Writing by stamp says, "Left Home 15 to 5. Got here about 4. Too many stops."
More old photos and postcards. Click on image for larger view and description.
We are interested in any old photos and/or postcards you may have of The Windmill over the years for display on the website and/or in the shoppe. If you can provide accurate historical information or an interesting anecdote, we'd be interested in that as well. Thanks!
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