Johnstown – Armed invaders. Warships. Canons. Battlefield deaths. Blunders. Heroes and Cowards. Prisoners attacked. Exile and executions.
It’s real-life drama. And it happened here, on the river shore just east of Prescott. The Battle of the Windmill was an historic encounter worthy of fresh attention as it marks its 180 th anniversary this year.
With that in mind, Friends of the Windmill are sponsoring a contest with cash prizes for poems about this remarkable event. The volunteer group invites anyone within a 50-mile radius of the landmark tower at Windmill Point to submit a poem on this subject before April 30. It can be fact or fiction, no more than 175 words.
Prizes of $180 ($1 for each year since the 1838 battle) will be awarded in each of two categories: age 12 to 18, and 19 and over. The winning poems will be published on our promotional bookmarks. We distribute up to 7,000 of these each year.
Contest rules and information on how to apply can be found on our Facebook home page: “Friends of Windmill Point”: https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Windmill-Point-1442787439074885.
All entries will be acknowledged.
The poetry contest is part of an anniversary program the Friends are mounting this year in addition to regular maintenance and upgrading of the popular viewpoint and picnic site. Work will continue on a riverside nature trail, interior tower displays, and expanded inventory of books and memorabilia.
This year the historic site will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during June and September. In July and August the site will be open for the same hours from Thursday through Monday each week.
In celebration of the anniversary, admission all season will be by contribution only.