"Orvelte - A museum village" Orvelte by pieter_jan_v

Orvelte Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 74 photos

Back to Drenthe's country past

Orvelte is a museum village open to public at no costs. Individual theme farms can be visited for a small fee.

The history of this farmer's village dates back to 1362, when Orvele was mentioned. Later names were: Orvelde (1390), te Oorvelde (1454), Orvelte (1598) and Orvelde (1930).

Orvelt or over-velt means at the other side of the moor.

In the 1960's the village became a monument. The original structure of the village is changed. A brink (village square) was created and from the 17 original Orvelte farms only 8 still remain. Other farms from the province of Drenthe were moved and reconstructed at Orvelte to complete an overall picture.

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  • Pros:Well preserved
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Living past
  • Last visit to Orvelte: Sep 2008
  • Intro Updated Mar 2, 2011
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2008 at 4:19 AM

    What a quaint place Pieter. And that cafe looks just right for people watching :o) Hugs xx

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    It's a nice interesting place .In Bucharest we have also Village Museum !


“So I walked on up to the doorstep through the screen and across the floor (from Summer Breeze by Seals And Crofts)”

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