Springtime in Holland
Old buildings from around Holland have been reconstructed here as a representation of life in a C19th village
region of the Netherlands was once an important industrial area with
hundreds of windmills which produced linseed oil, ground grain and
spices, as well as pigments for paint and wood products. Others were
used to scoop water into the dykes. Wind was the sole source of power
until the steam engine took over in 1850. There were once over 10,000
windmills but now only 800 survive.
Old houses from the area have been reconstructed here as an idealised reconstruction of a typical Dutch village from the C19th, with farmsteads, wooden houses, warehouses and windmills, canals, bridges, ditches and fields. Chickens scratch in the gardens and sheep graze on common land in the village. Many of the houses are still lived in and have small gardens. Others are open as gift shops or workshops.
Most of the houses are built of wood. Traditionally they were painted either black or green. The black paint was tar based and acted as a waterproof layer. Green was the cheapest colour paint available. The deeper the green, the more wealthy the house owner. They are all surrounded by a small garden with chickens and fruit trees.
In the main street there are some brick built houses. These are slightly later. Brick houses were a status symbol costing more than wood to build. They were also warmer.
The surrounding area is very wet, being reclaimed polders and is criss crossed with drainage ditches and dykes.
The drainage ditches and canals are crossed by the typical white wooden bridges.
||Back to top