De Volharding windmill

De Volharding windmill - Best

N 51.509433 / E 5.394735

The mill was built in 1850 but burned down completely in 1884 due to lightning. Restoration followed, supposedly with parts of South Holland octagonal polder mill. The restored mill was then given its current name De Volharding. In 1904, the then miller decided, just like most of his colleagues at the time, to place a steam engine in or near the mill, in order to no longer be dependent on the wind. Later on, other types of engines followed, such as a petroleum engine and a diesel engine, to provide the driving power for the millstones.

In 1936 the windmill was out of use and in 1938 it was stripped of its components for the repair of another mill. In 1947 the reaming stone hull went through the eye of the needle when a demolition permit was applied for, but fortunately the demolition did not happen. In 1998, the municipality of Best bought the hull from the last private owner to prevent the mill hull from completely disappearing. A new proposition then offered the promise of full restoration, but years of perseverance from the mill lovers was necessary. It was not until 2008 that further restoration was started into completely functioning full time windmill. At the end of 2011, the mill was once again grinding. It was put back into use on December 17, 2011.

De Volharding windmill

De Volharding windmill
Molenstraat 1b
5683 BG Best

Contact details
T: 0499-310002

Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday Closed

Open on Wednesday only for the sale of flour products.

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