#visitlesvos

Miller

The millers worked at their mills, a big building, equipped with two massive, wide stones rubbing against each other, operating either on wind power or running water, with attached storage spaces. Almost all Lesvian villages had their own windmill, especially at seaside villages with strong wind exposure or in the hinterland close to rivers or streams with strong currents there were watermills. Millers rarely were paid with money. They usually charged a commission equaling to 5 to 10% of the ground flour. Wheat cultivation was widespread in the 17th century, but then started to drop drastically. The millers are now mostly obsolete and industrial milling installations have taken their place as they are capable of mass-exporting. There is a plethora of abandoned windmills that the visitors always admire throughout the island. The windmill at Perama Gera, the watermills in the Ligona valley and the Kato Myloi are famous, while there is also a flour mill in Lisvori still in operation.