History - Farm Hermans Dijkstra 


After his death in 1994, the late Hermans Dijkstra left a beautiful Oldambt farm. The farm has been totally restored between 1998 and 2002 and is currently in use as a museum. A restaurant is located in the shed and behind the farm a appartment complex is located. On August 30th, 2002, Queen Beatrix visited the museum-farm. On this page you can find some information about this monumental farm.

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Farm Hermans Dijkstra



Since the death of its last inhabitant in 1994, the farm Hermans Dijkstra is owned by the foundation of the same name. The foundation's goal is to preserve the farm and it has given the farm a new function as a museum. The farm will therefore be redecorated with the completely preserved furniture of around 1900. The Foundation "Woonhuis Monument" is brought in as a counselor. Restaurant Hermans Dijkstra is located in the shed of the farm. An appartment complex has been build behind the farmhouse. In the future, small concerts or art-exhibitions might be organised in the farm. The many beautiful classically decorated rooms are very suitable for meetings, lunches, and parties. The complex is governed by Jan Bremmer en Christianne Linssen.
Openinghours museum:  every Sunday, 13.30 - 17.00 hours, or on appointment.


Farm Hermans Dijkstra

Monumental farm "Hermans Dijkstra"


The farm has always been the property of the family Dijkstra. The monumental farm was build in two phases. At the beginning of the last century, an old and worn out farm was situated here. Its front house was renewed in 1858 and the shed was rebuild in 1877. The front part of the living quarters was build, in country-house style, on the foundations of the former house, preserving the cellars. The shed comprises an area of 55x26 meters. From the construction of the cellar (floors, ceiling-beams, tiling) can be told that 250 years ago a farm was already build at this place.



A summer-house from 1860


In the yard you can find a summer-house from 1860, a fireplace from 1850 and a coach-house from 1840. The farmland, consisting of clay, stretched forth almost till the village of Nieuwolda. The fields opposite of the farm consist of peat and sand. The farm is still almost completely in its original state.


Living room

A stylish interior


The front house consists of a wide corridor with two large rooms containing cupboard beds, behind these rooms are two smaller rooms. Underneath the house there is a large cellar, consisting of four rooms, connected by arched corridors.



Cellar with arched corridors


In this cellar the products from the garden, the apple stocks from the orchard and the wine were kept. Above the front rooms is the corn-loft which can be reached from the shed. Inhere the seed-corn was kept during the winter.


Agriculturel implements

Old agricultural implements


In the shed a large collection old agricultural implements from the Oldambt is housed. The agricultural implements are brought together on the initiative of the foundation Midwolda to exhibit, in addition to the farm, also old instruments and hand tools. The collection consist of hand tools, like flails, hay forks, hoe's, draining tools, etc.


Farmer's cart

An old farmer's cart


In addition to this, there are ploughs, hoe-tools, drags, farmer's carts, tip-carts, old sowing-machines, etc. The restoration of the living-quarters and the shed was started in 1997 and completed in the summer of 2001.


Lime trees

Nice lime-trees alongside the drive


Alongside the drive you can find nice lime-trees. The garden contains some beautiful old beech trees among which a weeping beech and a brown beech. The garden is most beautiful in July. The farm and the garden can, outside opening hours, be viewed from the Hoofdweg.







The apartment complex behind the monumental farm is promoted by the Stichting Erfgoed Logies ( Foundation Heritage Lodgings). The apartment complex has been build in the style of the second shed that used to be located behind the farmhouse at this position. The building has six classically decorated apartments. All have their own bathroom, bedroom, living space and kitchenette. A striking view are the dormer windows of the rooms on the top floor. There are possibilities for a midweek, golf-, museum- or Spa-arrangement. Click here for more information.


The appartmentcomplex

The apartment complex







In the cathedral like shed of the farm, restaurant Hermans Dijkstra is located. The restaurant has a great ambiance and is located in the anterior of the shed. Restaurant and remaining shed are separated by a glass wall. This allows the guests a view into the museum part. The restaurant is used, on Sunday afternoon, as a a tearoom/museumcafé. In addition there is the opportunity to dine in private in stylish rooms.
Opening hours:
Tearoom/museumcafé: Sunday afternoon, from 13.30 - 17.00 hours;
Restaurant: Thursday till Sunday from 17.50 hour or on appointment.
When booked in time, most things are possible after communication with the governors.





Short facts



Hermans Dijkstra



Hermans Dijkstra


The last 15 years before he died in 1994, Pieter Reint Hermans Dijkstra lived in the farm. He was the last descendant of his generation.


Foundation Hermans Dijkstra

Between 1997 and 2001, the foundation has restored the farm completely. The ornamental gardens have been restored to their original state.


Foundation Hermans Dijkstra
Secr.: Secr/Treasurer: Mr. B. ten Broeke
Stationsstraat 79
9679 EC Scheemda
The Netherlands
Phone. +31 597-591687


Forefront ornament



Properties off an Oldambtster farm are:

  • A less steep gradient of the roof;
  • A jump-wise widening of the surface area, going backwards;
  • Corn- and seed loft above the living accommodation.


Door decorations



Warm-blooded horses


On this farm the Groninger warm-blooded horse, always has played a central role. With these horses the Dijkstra's became well-known in- and outside Holland. The summer- and winterstables still remind us of this period.





Monuments day


A large collection of old agricultural implements and hand tools can be visited during events like Monuments day. Yearly this day attracts hundreds of visitors. Several activities are then organized at the farm.







During events you can get acquainted with the original Groninger Costumes.





The farm workers


The farm workers had to do very heavy work and make very long days. On this farm hourly wages of 2 five cent pieces were paid. In summer, 25 farm workers were employed and in winter 15.


Farm worker



The English landscape garden


The garden derives its charm from its age. It was laid out in 1858. The large gardens, in the beginning of this century still an English landscape garden with (flower-) beds, shrubs and winding paths, are restored in the original state. Some elements of this old landscape garden can still be seen today. The gardens are kept by volunteers of the "Friends of Foundation Hermans Dijkstra".







Due to a modernisation in 1906 the living-quarters have been decorated with art-nouveau, also named Jugendstil.


Front door



Visit of Queen Beatrix


On Augustus 30th, 2002, Queen Beatrix payed a visit to the museum farm.


Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands



Museum Farm Hermans Dijkstra.
Reinste Abdenaweg 1
9681 BC Midwolda.
The Netherlands
Phone. +31 597-593738
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Last modified: januari 22, 2016