Vollis Simpson (1919-2013) was born to a farming family with twelve children. During the Second World War, Simpson served with the Army Air Coprs wtih duty on the South Pacific island of Saipan. After the war, Simpson began a career in machinery repairs and collecting parts like industiral salvage, and transportation supplies. Simpson did not want to see useful items go to waste, and he began to create large windmills in his field. His pieces are a conglomeration of an inventory of objects that serve as a catalog of the agricultural and industrial economic history of Eastern North Carolina in the second half of the twentieth century.