visiting the windmills
A tour at the 4 windmills can be done with a minimum of 8 persons after an appointment.
Or come to see the windmills at the national milling day on the second saturday in may or the national monumentday on the second saturday in september. (see the website of the dutch milling association for more details)
The tour is done by the miller of windmill nr 4. He is a very enthousiastic host and will tell you all about his windmill, the work and even let you into his house to see the interiour.
Because the village Aarlanderveen was entirely surrounded by water, after digging to deep for turf, the authorities decided to begin milling the polders dry. The water was to dangerous. And because of the lack of money coming from the water the people were leaving the area.
They first built 3 windmills and when it turned out the deepest point couldn´t be milled a fourth was added.
All windmills bring the water up around 1 meter, in total they move water to the river 4,75 meters higher than the deepest point.
Windmills: de Morgenster
Windmill de Morgenster is originally a mill to make flour from grain. It is not a part of the 4 step milling windmills.
The windmill has a 8 square scaffolding form and was built in 1870.
In 1960 the windmill was turned into a house and it is not open to the public.
The NH church is looking very peculiar with the strange tower. We always tought it was very old, because we had never seen such a tower in the neighbourhood. But this church was built in 1905.