"My Hometown" Middenbeemster by Igraine

Middenbeemster Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 46 photos

This farm called the Eenhoorn (Unicorn) is the eldest in the Beemster dating from 1682. Some 15 years ago the insides and the outside were completly restored.

This map showed the polder de Beemster. When in the 17th century the Heren of Amsterdam where in need of more farming land they come up with the wild idea of pumping dry some lakes in our province. So they set mr J.A.Leegwhater the task to make the plans and do the whole project. He invented mills to pump the water out. That took 5 years so when the year became 1612 the whole lake was dry and ready to be farmed. The land was divided in equal square pieces of land of 1850 by 1850 meters. Next to them the roads where made (the white lines on the map). Alot of rich people from Amsterdam made their second home here. The big houses with the gardens and orchards are mostly gone but the farmhouses are stil there. It are characteristic buildings with pyramide shaped roofes. The Heren from Amsterdam gave the wellknown architect mr Pieter Post the assignment to design a church. You can see it from afar in Middenbeemster.

Within this polder are several villages and one off them is the Middenbeemster.

This also in my village, it is the lane leading from the church to the cemetary. In the old days when everyone was burried on the cemetary one always walked this lane. They still walk this lane when going from church to the cemetary but that isnt often. I think it the prettiest lane or road we have.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:its clean, quiet, rural, green
  • Cons:There isnt much to do
  • In a nutshell:its where i grew up :)
  • Intro Updated Oct 8, 2005
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  • nhcram's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Lovely page Ingrid. I look forward to showing you my home town ard area soon x

  • ricky52's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Great page, love the sunsets. Dutch houses are very similair to some here in the UK.

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2007 at 7:01 AM

    Never heard of that town before... but looks like it has some very nice buildings! And the benches at different hights in the church are interesting.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2006 at 12:15 PM

    So, this is your hometown! Lovely page, Ingrid!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2006 at 5:06 AM

    Interesting texts and nice photos of your home town. Glad you get around by bike. Since that restaurant is "at the traffic lights" I assume the town is rather small. I'm looking forward to meeting you at the Karlsruhe meeting on Friday.

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2006 at 4:13 AM

    Thanks again for the spa info. I have ordered a gift certificate and it looks like a beautiful place. Not to mention how reasonable the prices are compared to what that would cost here, in the US!

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2006 at 12:39 PM

    It's almost as flat as Saskatchewan, only not nearly as big :-))

  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2006 at 12:52 AM

    Christiana was amazing but we did not have enough time to spend there but Al (The View) was a great guide. Have you visited there?

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2006 at 6:40 PM

    Thanks for sharing your hometown! Nice looking spot. Happy Birthday and greetings from Alaska!

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2006 at 3:25 AM

    Great to see where you grew up, do your parents still stay there? So many places in holland still to visit!!

Igraine Used To Live Here!


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