The rules within the Colony were quite strict. Many were analfabetic and had to go to school. Each family got an alotted piece of land and learned how to get crop from it. They wore uniforms. Going to church, no swearing, no drinking...
It was not by far a prison, but it was hard work and some didn't make it and fled, building small cottages outside the Colony. Some stayed so long that the Colony had to build homes for the seniors.
These days, those cottages look very enticing. Not small at all. Though of course families were much larger then.
The Colony is quite outstretched. Schools were built. Churches. Weaveries and factories, administrative buildings. You can still see them. Often in use as something else now but still there. Best way is to cycle.
Frederiksoord is in fact a village that was founded because of the Association of Welfare. There is a terrain where you can visit to see what it is about. But to explore truly, you need a bike and ride along the various buildings scattered in the area around small Frederiksoord.
Entrance is 4 euro. You are welcomed with a 15 minute film presentation, a small museum and then you go outside to visit one of the field labourers cottages and walk about the grounds.
As you can see from the photos, dogs are admitted!
Drentse turfjes (Drenthe is the name of the province) are chocolate brownies.
Favorite Dish: And then there's the lovely apple cake with honey, served hot. YUMMY !
Right next to the Koloniehof museum is a quilt shop. Now I know that quilting is a huge thing in many countries and people travel for workshops and exchanging ideas and information.
This is such a place! Simply google quilt and Frederiksoord and you'll see what I mean.
I'm sorry I forgot to note opening hours and such. But contact the Koloniehof. They'll know for sure.
What to buy: Nothing. I am hopeless at handicrafts!
The Koloniehof terrain also shows you a miniature agricultural environment. With various grains growing. That was interesting to see. Because do you know the difference between wheat, barley, bran, etc? I now hope I can remember what it was, on the photos that I took!
yap. I've forgotten. Sorry guys!
Favorite thing: Today the association still exists after about 185 years. It owns an estate in Frederiksoord/Wilhelminaoord and Boschoord with a total of about 1300 hectares. The Association owns 65 buildings of which 30 are national monuments. They still manage and exploit all this, amongst which 800 wild area and forests. Seven farmers still work for the Association, farming about 400 hectares of ground.