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Netherlands : Visit the monumental Colonies of Benevolence.

Heritage Days 8 and 9 September 2018

Come to Frederiksoord, Ommerschans and Veenhuizen during the Dutch Heritage Days. Experience how life was in the Colonies of Benevolence. Perhaps you are one of the more than 1 million Dutch people whose ancestors have lived and worked in one of the Colonies of Benevolence!

Frederiksoord: opening Hotel Logement, nocturnal experience and Bloemencorso

In the free Frederiksoord Colony, the Open Monuments Festival starts on Friday 7 September with the official opening at Hotel Logement, a national monument. Then there is the 'Nightly Experience', an evening full of culture, heritage and theater.

Ommerschans: theater, stories, guided tours, bicycle tour, ice cellar and Boskerk

During the Open Monument Weekend you cycle or walk under the guidance of a guide through the colony landscape. You will pass the former Boskerk. As far as is known, this is the only church in the Netherlands where Catholics and Reformed made use of one church building in the early 19th century. Furthermore, a former colony farm on the Eerste Schansweg, the De Star mill and an ice cellar were opened.

The Kalkoventer area in Dedemsvaart is also open. There is a performance about the murder of Sientje in Ommerschans. Alternately with the performances, a storyteller introduces you to Willempje, a penitentiary in Ommerschans.

Veenhuizen: discover more than 100 monuments

Also in Veenhuizen you can have a guided tour this weekend. Among others at the cemetery where more than 15,000 paupers found their final resting place. At the Veenhuizen Power Station demonstrations of the unique Kromhout engine from 1928 and the Crossline engine from 1918 take place. In Kaaslust, the former dairy, you can taste different types of cheese.

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