If you come by and reach the intersection in the Angla village, you cannot help noticing the unique local Windmill Hill with 4 post-windmills and 1 Dutch windmill which are, symbolically, looked after by a friendly goat family. All the windmills have been renovated and are open to visitors. In the Vilidu windmill you can see how wind used to be harnessed to crush the grain to get flour. In the Dutch windmill the miller and his family are pleased to let you have a glimpse of miller’s profession and lifestyle
In the windmill, you can request the miller to be your guide and, also, try out on your own to harness the wind and make some flour. This experience may be interesting, in today’s automation and computerization of such work.
In summer 2011, the Angla Cultural Heritage Center was opened. It was built of the dolomite whose formation as a rock started 425 million years ago. It mainly displays the scenes of ancient farmers’ lifestyle on the Estonian islands, featuring a pristine bread-oven and a medieval funnel-shaped chimney as centerpieces. Having nourished your mind in the exposition area, you may feel like stopping in at the dining room to taste the traditional national dishes. By an appointment, you may get an opportunity to try some oven-hot bread with traditionally made butter and a cup of tea. Thereafter, you may climb up the stairs to the second level and get a thorough overview of local history and culture, and watch a short movie Tale of the old Mill about the Vilidu windmill.
The Center is open daily, all the year around.
Here you can also:
- Bake bread,
- Scrutinize the craft tools and machines (the eldest of which dates back to the 17th century),
- Try out crafts on your own:
in the Knittery, Foundry, Pottery, Leather Workshop, Dolomite Workshop, Carpentry Workshop and Class Mozaic Workshop.