Hoogeveen Off The Beaten Path

  • The farm as seen from Hoogeveen.
    The farm as seen from Hoogeveen.
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    The monument near the farm.
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    Beestenbult - Meaning of the name.

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2004

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    The playing garden, the aviary in the background.

    This "kinderboerderij" (childs-farm) was built within 12 months and was opened in June 1986. At first the farm did not have a name and the local newspaper Hoogeveense Courant made up a contest for its readers to give it a suitable name.

    It became "Beestenbult", because the word "beesten" means animals in Dutch and the word "Bult" comes from the area in which the farm is built and is called the Bult. Besides that the word "Bult" also means "a lot" in the local dialect and this was a refence to the animals who were there by a lot.

    Address
    Korenstraat 47, 7908 NL Hoogeveen

    General directions
    Situated in the area called de Bult. Very close to the main road Zuidwoldigerweg.

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    Beestenbult - Some huge expansions.

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2004

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    The stork nest at the top of the building.

    Eversince 1986 the farm has been renovated and expanded just to meet the demanding visitors. In 1991 the main building was expanded to its current size. In this year they also builded a beautiful aviary in order to be able to keep some special birds.

    In 1996 a stork nest was built on top of the main building and is a huge attraction now. The year 1997 was another important year, because they enlarged the outside area enormously with for instance a chicken-run. Finally they builded a peacock cage next to the main building.

    Address
    Korenstraat 47, 7908 NL Hoogeveen

    General directions
    Situated in the area called de Bult. Very close to the main road Zuidwoldigerweg.

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    Beestenbult - 50.000 visitors a year!

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2004

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    Iris cuddling a goat.

    The Beestenbult is visited by 50.000 peolpe a year. Maybe it doesn't sound like a lot of visitors, but for the area of Hoogeveen it's quite a lot!

    We do visit it regularly, because it's very close to where we live. Of course it's a great place to visit whenever you have kids and our little daughter Iris is very font of visiting it. The farm also has a small play-ground and lot's of grass for a family picknick.

    Finally it's good to know that you're allowed to touch all the animals, which is for little kids of course a thrill of a lifetime :-)

    Address
    Korenstraat 47, 7908 NL Hoogeveen

    General directions
    Situated in the area called de Bult. Very close to the main road Zuidwoldigerweg.

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    Het Huis te Echten - A havezate house.

    by Jerelis Written Aug 20, 2006

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    The front view of Het Huis te Echten.

    For us Het Huis te Echten is typical such a beautiful sight close to our home we never visited. For over 10 years we have hiked the woods, visited the little villages of tradition, but never stopped for a good view at this amazing house. It must be said that it's quite easy to drive by the house and estate, because there is no clear or huge sign that will lead the way. But once we were there it was a fine visit to this awe-inspiring house.

    Het Huis te Echten is a so called Havezate, which means that it's a strenghtened house or citadel. It's a special term for country houses of which the inhabitants had some special rights. Usually these rights were obtained by knighthood. In the Netherlands there were a few havezate for example 112 in the 13th century in the provincie (provence) of Overijssel. Het Huis te Echten is one of the seven still remaining havezate in the provincie of Drenthe.

    Address:
    Zuidwolderweg 3-5, 7932 PN Echten.

    Directions:
    Located at the eastern part of the village. Right behind the pigeon house.

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    Schaapskooi - "Drenths Heideschaap"

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    Iris and a little lamb.
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    The Drenths Heideschaap is the oldest breed of sheep in the western part of Europe. Immigrants brought the breed to the Netherlands in which it appears ever since 4000 BC, especially in the provence of Drenthe. Characteristics of the sheep are its slender structure, a long wooly tail that can reach untill its heel, stiff and lank wool and fianally dull hair on its head and paws. All kinds of combinations of colours are possible, but variegated black and white sheep are not officially recognized.

    In the old days the Drenthes Heideschaap were held for its dung which was indispensable for the agriculture in the region. The long and stiff hair is inadequate and can't ne used for wool and besides that the meat of the sheep is inferior for the meat market. Due to the invention of fertilizer lots of sheep hurdes were made superfluous. The current hurdes are kept for historical means and for the maintainance of the dunes and moorland.

    Opening hours:
    In the months of May until September the lambs will leave the Schaapskooi at 10:00 am and will return at 17:00 pm.

    Address:
    Benderse 38, 7963 RA Ruinen

    Directions:
    Follow the signs Ruinen and once you’re in the centre of this little village follow the sign “Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld”. Park the car right there and it will be a 5 minute walk to the edge of the moorland.

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    Israelitish Cementery - About 210 graves!

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    Overview at the Israelitish Cementery.

    The Jews were also buried at the cementery of the Grote Kerk, before buying their own piece of land to bury their dead. This cementary ground used to be part of the Grote Kerk. At the north side of this church, murderes, thiefs and other scum were burried. At the western part the Christian Cementary was achieved, of course as close as possible to the church itself. The ground assigned to the Jews was the most southern outlying part of the territory, not very popular by the Christians anyway.

    This very old cementary doesn't show much of what it used to be. It just seems to be a small lawn with a green metal pilinwork surrounding it. Although just 2 tombstones are visible, its proven that everywhere beneath the grass Jews are burried. Rough calculations about the size of a grave in the late 18th century and documents about funerals in those days, make an estimate of about 210 graves at this Israelitish Cementery! It’s very difficult to realize this once you’re in front of the metal pilinwork.

    Directions
    At the crossing of Van Echtenstraat and Wilhelminastraat in the city centre.

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    Israelitish Cementery - The vicarage

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    The vicarage.

    It's maybe a bit morbide to realise that even under the current road (Van Echtenstraat) there are still graves. They were never removed before the construction of the street in 1926. The only objects that reminds of the old Jewish cementary are the 2 visible tombstones and the vicarage, which was built in the 19th century. This beautiful building is now used as a residence for the sacristan. The cementary even has some more mysteries left as it is not even sure if there are some more tombstones underneath the grass, which could have overgrown them. You’re not allowed to entrance the green grass, so we were not able to check this rare fact. Such a shame!

    Finally we learned something about a nice little fact. At 1 tombstone the incorrect year of dead has been pronounced. It says 1814 (5565 in Hebrew), but must be 1804 (5575 in Hebrew), according to the death certificate. The difference in Hebrew is only 1 little line ... a mistake by the stonecutter?

    Directions
    At the crossing of Van Echtenstraat and Wilhelminastraat, right in the city centre.

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    Israelitish Cementery - 1731 or 1726?

    by Jerelis Updated Feb 17, 2009

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    The Israelitish Cementery

    Several Jewish cemeteries have been founded since the first Jews settled in the Netherlands in the 16th century. Some of them have grown to be huge monuments of a once lively community. One the most well-known is Beth Haim in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. Jews have been buried there since the year 1614, making it the oldest Jewish cemetery in the Netherlands. Just south east of the Grote Kerk, you'll still find the first Jewish Cementary of Hoogeveen, or "Smousenkerkhof" as people used to call it in the old days.

    Although the sign suggests that the cementary was opened in 1731, it still isn't clear whether this is the correct year. Official documents of a lawsuite about the destination of the cementaryr in 1766 suggests that Jews were buried up to 40 years before that, which means that the first Jew was laid in the earth around 1726.

    Directions
    At the crossing of Van Echtenstraat and Wilhelminastraat in the city centre.

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    Schaapskooi - Part of Dwingelderveld National Park

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    The Schaapskooi.

    The Schaapskooi in Ruinen is part of the Dwingelderveld National Park. It lies near Hoogeveen in the green south west of Drenthe and was established in 1991. This nature reserve encompasses an area of 3,692 hectares and is renowned for being the largest moorland on the continent! The Dwingelderveld National Park is extremely popular with tourists and attracts over one and a half million visitors each year.

    Nature's diversity here allows hundreds of different sorts of plants and animals to thrive, many are otherwise threatened in our country. One of them is the sheep "Drenths Heideschaap". At the Schaapskooi visitors can learn more about its history and the sheep in particular.

    Opening hours:
    In the months of May until September the lambs will leave the Schaapskooi at 10:00 am and will return at 17:00 pm.

    Address:
    Benderse 38, 7963 RA Ruinen

    Directions:
    Follow the signs Ruinen and once you’re in the centre of this little village follow the sign “Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld”. Park the car right there and it will be a 5 minute walk to the edge of the moorland.

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    Schaapskooi - Young born lambs!

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Mother lamb is eating.
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    We simply must not forget that our most beautiful nature areas are preserved thanks to the national parks. They are perfect areas for education, information and research of our national environment. Therefore the Schaapskooi in the Dwingelderveld National Park is both interesting and important, because it preserves the sheep breed "Drenths Heideschaap".

    The hurd of sheep in the Schaapskooi is the oldest in the province of Drenthe. It has about 250 sheep and they will leave for the moorland on a daily bases. Of course it's fun to visit them year round, but the months of March and April are maybe the best months to have a look. During these months the young lambs are born.

    Especially during the weekends it's a feast to visit the Schaapskooi. The shepherds are present to give information and answers to all you questions. Volunteers give away free "beschuit met muisjes" (best translated in biscuits with sugared caraway-seeds) and warm coffee. We can say that we are proud supporters of the Schaapskooi by an annual donation.

    Opening hours:
    In the months of May until September the lambs will leave the Schaapskooi at 10:00 am and will return at 17:00 pm.

    Address:
    Benderse 38, 7963 RA Ruinen

    Directions:
    Follow the signs Ruinen and once you’re in the centre of this little village follow the sign “Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld”. Park the car right there and it will be a 5 minute walk to the edge of the moorland.

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    Het Huis te Echten - Not the origional building.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The stable house in the early morning sun.
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    At Het Huis te Echten over 600 years the "Heeren" (gentlemen) van Echten ruled the area with their own laws, jurisdiction and government. They had a huge influence at the development of the provincie of Drenthe and the reclamation of Hoogeveen in particular.

    About 8 centuries ago there was some talk about a house with the name "Huize Echten". This old house wasn't exactly at the same spot, but a bit closer to the little river Oude Diepje, which is connected with the current moat. Huize Echten was completely destroyed in 1230 by the army of the Bishop of Utrecht that passed the southern part of the provincie of Drenthe and destroyed the entire area by arsonning and plundering.

    A new house was built in the 14th or 15th century right where Het Huis te Echten is located today. A beautiful building with a chapel and stable house.

    Address:
    Zuidwolderweg 3-5, 7932 PN Echten.

    Directions:
    Located at the eastern part of the village. Right behind the pigeon house.

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    Het Huis te Echten - Renovations and current use.

    by Jerelis Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The entrance of the estate and the pigeon house.

    Around 1800 BC there was a large renovation. About half of the building was demolished, so that the forecourt arose. The walls of the main building were raised and a second floor and the garret were built. Eversince that renovation nothing has been changed to the outside of the house. Not much later the pigeon house (1846) on the green field, of which are very intrigued, was built.

    After a huge restoration in 1976 Visio putted the house into use. Visio is a special foundation that lets multiple visually disabled people work there. You're able to watch them work at settled times. Monday untill friday:
    09:00u - 10:00u
    10:30u - 12:00u
    13:00u - 14:30u
    15:00u - 16:00u

    The baroque English garden in front of the main building can only be visited at monday untill friday form 09:00u - 16:00u. Another must do is the hike "Het Laantje van Hollema". This leads you from the parking space into the woods and around the beautiful havezate.

    Address:
    Zuidwolderweg 3-5, 7932 PN Echten.

    Directions:
    Located at the eastern part of the village. Right behind the pigeon house.

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    Family Flokstra Farm - The early beginning.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 30, 2013
    The farm as seen from Hoogeveen.

    The first report of Jews residing in Hoogeveen dates to the end of the seventeenth century. Continuous settlement of Jews in the village of Hoogeveen began early in the eighteenth century. An organized Jewish community was founded at Hoogeveen in 1755 and a beautiful synagogue was built in 1799. Between the First and Second World Wars several Jews served on the city council of Hoogeveen. During the 1930's, several Jewish refugees from Germany settled in the town.

    Under the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, almost all the Jews of Hoogeveen were arrested in the course of a single round-up in October 1942. Eventually they were deported to Nazi death camps, following detention at the Dutch transit camp at Westerbork. None of the deported returned alive. Several dozen Hoogeveen Jews did manage to escape deportation and death by going into hiding. One of the spots they were able to hide was the farm of the Flokstra family just outside Hoogeveen.

    Address: Nijstad 15, 7909 HS Hoogeveen.
    Directions: The farm is located just outside the city of Hoogeveen at the western part of town.

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    Family Flokstra Farm - Hiding the Jews.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 30, 2013
    Beautiful lane to enter towards the farm.

    During World War II the Flokstra family lived on a rented farm of 24 hectares just outside Hoogeveen. They were indeed heroes as they were hiding 13 Jews for the Germans. This happened between August 1975 until the liberation in April 1945. The shelter was made under a huge bale of hay way back in the barn. The total space for the Jews was 4x3x2 meters and the entrance to this space was between the hay bale and the cowshed. Even though it was crowded and rather small it was provided with electric light, a table with some chairs and also a radio.

    It is known that the Germans once searched the entire farm looking for the Jews. Cornelis Flokstra was heavily tortured and the search took over six hours, but the Germans found nothing and nobody. It is set to believe that someone in the community committed treachery, but that fact has never been proven. Because of the constant thread of the Germans to arrive the Jews hardly came out their hiding place and were rarely in main part of the house.

    Address: Nijstad 15, 7909 HS Hoogeveen.
    Directions: The farm is located just outside the city of Hoogeveen at the western part of town.

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    Family Flokstra Farm - Small monument.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 30, 2013
    The monument near the farm.
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    This particular part of the Flokstra family intrigues me as they hided 13 Jews in their house, but at the same time they did not respect these Jews. Cornelis Flokstra gave the Jews shelter, food and drinks, but also he also tried to convert the Jews by reading to them from the New Testament on a daily basis. This, of course, much to the irritation of the Jews. Another weird fact is that the Flokstra family were paid by the hiders and even after the war the Jews settled their debts.

    But anyway, hiding Jews for the Germans is a fine example of helping people in need out. In remembrance to what happened at the farm of the Flokstra family a monument was founded near the entrance of the farm. The monument was revealed at the 11th of April of 2007. Don’t expect too much of it as it is located in the banks of the cycling path and isn’t too large. If you don’t know about you will probably pass it by as it seems that there is a Drenthse hunebed (old historical boulder) is lying there. Do have a look and at the same time try to imagine what happened her at this historical site.

    Address: Nijstad 15, 7909 HS Hoogeveen.
    Directions: The farm is located just outside the city of Hoogeveen at the western part of town.

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