First the two windmills of Norg are the village pride. One in the Northern section of the village, the other Southbound. "De Hoop" (= The Hope) is a eightsided double-leveled windmill dating from 1857 and open for public when the blue flag is out. It's working and grinding grane for backers in Norg. The windmill belongs to the windmill society of Drenthe.
The other windmill is in private hands and is called "Noordenveld" (= Northern field). It was built in 1878 and is also doing it's duty to grind grane. When the windmill "De Hoop" isn't open for visitors, then this one often opens it's doors. This way one always can admire one of the Norg windmills.
In the centre of Norg the old Romanic church is immediately jumping into view. It's simple tower reaches to the heavens and it's the place around which the village eventually appeared. Already around the year 1.000 there was a wooden chapel here. And as being one of the first stone variants of churches in the Northern part of the Netherlands, in 1139 this church was built. The building you see now is the actual original, which is very seldomly seen. During recent restaurations, one discovered old painting layers in the ceiling and they have been carefully restored. Remarkable are the old organ and baptism fund. The friendly old ladies in the church will tell you all about "their monument" when you ask them. There are some quite reveiling stories to listen to.
More then 5.000 years ago the "Trechterbeker" people lived in the present province of Drenthe. To burry their dead leaders they erected "Hunebedden" large piles of huge stones that were available since the ice age that brought them to this vicinity. These megalithic monuments belong to the oldest in North-Western Europe and still leave quite some questions. The important person was left in between the rocks that were shaped as a long ship. Smaller rocks disappeared throughout the times, but the larger ones are left and now known as the "Hunebed"s. The stones vary from 2 to 20 tons and how they were moved is still a riddle. In the Netherlands there are 54 of these old gravemarkers of which the majority in Drenthe. In Germany and Scandinavia there are also markers like these.
The farms have a certain shape which is typical for this neck of the woods. Small living quarters and a large shed built on.
People prolly weren t that tall back then.
This one is right behind the church.
In the center of the old village is this beautiful church, a so called saddled roof church, because of the shape of the roof.
Behind this church is part of the old village with a green and lovely old farms.
This is the front of the house you just saw from aside. I cannot imagine how life was in old days, especially when I think people got more than 5 kids very often.
It must have been crowded!
This is what I like about the village of Norg: those brinks shielded by trees, almost still can smell the horse sh*t that once must have covered the then unpaved roads that lead here.