The top of the sign
Leave a footstep in the sandslip of the time...Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis, 1846-1919.
This walk is part of the Domala-hike, which leads through the four most northern provinces of our country.
Startingpoint is Haren, a little village close to the town of Groningen, and the ending point is Steenwijk, in the province of Overijssel.
The hike is named after Domela Nieuwenhuis, a well known Dutch socialist who was very popular in his day and age in the northern provinces.
He fought the inhuman circumstances in which workers had to live and do their work in the moors.
People will walk through a landscape of moor, pastures, woods and swamps.
Total length of the route is 165 kilometers. Walking shoes, light rain coat, clothing in layers.
Familytree of former residents and old photographs
Family Van Ewsum, owner of Mensinge from 1420 upto 1720.
At the left is the residence of this family which once stood in Middelstum, a small Groninger village.
The defence tower on the right still can be seen in Middelstum.
In the middle the heraldry shields of the family Van Ewsum, on the right a wall stone in the defence tower, which was built by Onno van Ewsum (died in 1489) against the will of the power in the city of Groningen.
Left at the bottom the official paper given by Philips II which proofs the fact that Johan van Ewsum (died in 1570) became his knight in 1555.
At the right the tombstone which can be found in the church of Middelstum.
Family Ellents-Oldenhuis, owners of Mensinge from 1764 upto 1818.
The lady at the top right is Gesina Ellents-Oldenhuis (1730-1818) and at her right sits Coenraad Wolter Ellents (1726-1784).
The family Ellents Oldenhuis had their own entrance gate into the church. This little gate was removed during restauration works in 1932.
The Kymmel family, owner of Mensinge from 1818 up to 1985.
Jan Wilmsoen Kymmel and Adelaide Kymmel-van Rappard at the grounds in front of the residence Mensinge.