Happy National Mill Day, Netherlands!
On that day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors
- May 12, 2018 10:00
- Olya Georgieva
The second Saturday and Sunday in May is National Mill Day in Holland. On that day 950 windmills and watermills open their doors to visitors. Annually more than 100 000 people come out to enjoy National Mill Day, and every year the number rises. For centuries, mills have played an important role in reclaiming land, processing raw materials and manufacturing products. Mills barely have any economic value these days, but they are iconic for Holland and still attract a great deal of attention.
Mills are very important to the Netherlands! Unfortunately, in the early part of the 20th century many disappeared. Since 1923 the Dutch Mill Society is devoted to the preservation and restoration of the mills in the Netherlands. The country currently counts 1.048 windmills and 108 water mills. The oldest mill in the Netherlands dates back to before 1450.
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