"Allersma strong house" Allersma by nighthawk

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The first person who for sure lived on this house is Duurt Allersma. The year was 1489 and this person Duurt was judge of Aduarderzijl.
The house was built long before and it was built in curve of the river Reitdiep probably to guard the sluice in the Reitdiep dyke.

A precise buidling date is not known but the oldest part of Allersma - the part where also is the prisoners cage - dates from the Middle Ages.
One of the predecessors of Duurt must have been named Allard.
He was part of the local landlords from which the Groninger nobility sprouted from.
The son of Duurt was called Sirp and he was buried in the church of Ezinge in 1555. That s as much is known of him besides the fact that he owned 222 and a half grazes of land, about 75 hectares.
Sirp's son was called Sirp as well and he left the house to son Sirp of his sister Anna.
Anna was married to Reneke (or Rinse) Elema of the Elema farm in Uithuizen.
The son of this Sirp named Duurt Elema (1618 - 1682) made a mansion out of the big farm Allersma in 1650. He renovated the house, had tree zones made and gave the house it s moat and pull up bridge.
When Duurt Elema died in 1682, the house became country house for the family of the Mayor Busch, called De Marees Busch and De Marees van Swinderen.
The last of the family of De Marees van Swinderen (1823-1899) master of Allersma, became the first notary of Ezinge.
Like Duurt Elema he lost his family before he died himself.

The house was sold off to a demolishing firm for some 7.175 Dutch guilders. This man took all what was to his liking from the house, like the fireplaces, and sold the rest to the man who became notary after Van Swinderen, a man called J.W. Bolt.


In 1913 the poor neglected house was sold off to another notary, H. van der Veen who sold the estate to Alvert (or Olvert) de Boer for 7.500 Dutch guilders. De Boer, farmer at Garnwerd, died in 1944.
The municipality of Ezinge bougth the estate in 1946 for 12.500 Dutch guilders.
Save for some time, but the municipality had too little money to maintain the estate properly and it got in decay again.
In 1964 Annie Vriezen came to live at the estate. She had lived in the clerk's house at the estate for 2 years before this.
National Forrestry bought the estate for one Dutch Guilder in 1970.
The foundation Groninger Borgen (Groninger strong house) has the estate in maintains the estate.
It got renovated and main goal was to keep the 19th century style and sphere.
After renovation in the years 1976 and 1977 the estate was used for exhibitions of work of arts from national and international artists.
Annie Vriezen left the estate on May 1st 2001.

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