"Mill ‘De Ooievaar’ – flour on the floor" Terwolde Things to Do Tip by vtveen
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’De Ooievaar’ (The Stork) has had quite a couple of changes since the construction of the original mill in 1854. After a fire in 1896 a new mill was built, which was called ‘De Ooievaar’. In 1973 it burned down again and it took 12 years before the reconstruction was started and in 1990 the mill was reopened. Parts of a mill from Deventer were used for the reconstruction .
‘De Ooievaar’ is a so called smock mill (named after the shape of the linen smock of a countryman), built on a brick base with an octagonal wooden thatched tower.
Driving back home on a Saturday I saw that the mill in Terwolde had its doors opened and I decided to take a look inside. On the ground floor are a small mill shop - selling all kinds of flour - and a kind of office for the miller. I was allowed to take a look on my own in the whole mill and started climbing the steep staircases till the third floor.
This floor is holding the milling machinery with its impressive mill stones; the other floors do have ancillary machinery; among them appliances for filling bags and sacks with flour. On the second floor is a small door to the gallery of the mill and walking around I even could touch the tip of the sweeps.
It is obvious the mill is still in order grinding grain for bakeries, shops, other mills and consumers with their modern bread makers. If possible the mill is using the wind, if necessary there is an engine to drive the stones.
I found flour everywhere: on the floors, the machinery, the windows and the steps, which make them rather slippery.
If you ever want to see a flour mill, still being in order, you should travel to Terwolde and take a look inside ‘De Ooievaar’. At least I found it very interesting.
The mill(shop) is open Thursday and Friday 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm; on Saturday from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm the mill can be visited.
Address: Wijkseweg 3, Terwolde
Directions: Follow road N344 Apeldoorn – Deventer and turn off to Terwolde (Terwoldseweg and Twelloseweg); ‘De Ooievaar’ is on the right hand side of the road in a hamlet called ‘De Wijk’, just before Terwolde.
Phone: 0571 - 292236
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