The mill Hazewind is often referred to as Gieten’s most active monument. There’s always …
The mill Hazewind is often referred to as Gieten’s most active monument. There’s always something going on in it. An area has been set aside for performances on the mill’s spacious ground floor. On the first floor, Mulders Boekenkist sells second-hand books. De Boekenkist (meaning book chest), as it is also known, is open every Saturday in summer. Comprising a Ruston, Proctor and Company diesel engine and a Lloyd electric dynamo, the mechanical part of the mill is looked after by a group of volunteers. In short, there’s always plenty going on in the mill!
The initiative to build a mill was launched in Gieten in 1832. The local council didn’t object to the mill’s proposed location, (translated from Dutch) stating, “The mill is 22 ells removed from the public road; therefore, its associated traffic will not be a nuisance, disadvantageous or dangerous to public transit.” The mill went into use a year later. Hazewind was only given its current name after its renovation in 1965. The mill is one of the oldest grain mills still in existence in Drenthe.
Eight-sided smock mill with stage