History - Ennemaborgh Estate


The beautiful Ennemaborgh estate is enlighted on this page. Don't forget to go on a stroll around this beautiful area and to enjoy the peace and nature. The "Foundation Groninger Landscape" (In Dutch: Stichting Groninger Landschap) has been managing the estate since 1965.





The earliest data about the Ennemaborgh is from the 14th century. The estate came into existence because of the exploitation of peat and originally was 361 acres in size. The first known owner (1391) was Sebo Ennema Midwoldani. Ennemaborgh estateIn the 16th century the estate was inhabited by the Diurckens family. A marriage with a daughter of this family made the estate the property of the Clinge family. The marriage of Anna Maria Clinge, in 1681, to Wilhelmus Hora, the son of the rich Moses Aaron (Hora) made the estate his property. A daughter, born from this marriage, married Wiardus Siccama in 1737. This created the name Hora Siccama. In the mid-18th century the towers of the main house were broken down and the ditches were filled up. The house had lost its function as a fortress and there was a growing interest in big country-houses with large windows and rooms. Because of the fortune of Wiardus Siccama, the property was considerably enlarged. Hereafter the estate was owned by the son of Anna Maria Hora and Wiardus Siccama, that is Johan Hora Siccama. After the death of Johan Hora Siccama and his wife, the estate had to be sold by auction because their children had disagreements. The estate then came into property of the gentlemen Isańc Teling and J.P. van Beyma, who let the estate be managed by stewards. The stewardship continued until within the 20th century. In 1817 the real exploitation of the estate was started. Workmen-houseMany experienced workmen from the peat-colonies helped. In those days a large quantity of oak trees, acacias, maple trees, willows, beech trees and spruce-firs were cut down and peat was cut. Close to the peat, at the end of the Hoethslaan, Niesoordlaan, Groeveweg, Zwarteweg and in Meerland, hamlets developed and the little peat-workmen houses were built. Some of these houses still remain as reminders of days gone by. Behind the straw board factory "De Toekomst" used to be a steam-mud press. The peat-tools and blocks of peat were stored in this place also. Many street names in Midwolda are reminders of the different owners of the "Ennemaborgh" estate. Further down in the east, work was done to drain the Huninga-lake. Starting in 1828 people had dug waterways towards the Koediep and primitive watermills were built. From 1840 onwards the draining of the lake started seriously as in that year the district council gave permission to build a real watermill. In 1886 the water board district Huninga-Meerland was founded and the building of a steam pumping station, to aid the watermill in case of windless weather, was started. In 1921 everything was broken down and replaced by a new steam pumping station. In the second world war remnants of the peat-moor were again exploited because of a shortage of other fuels. Maya WildevuurStarting in 1965 the Ennemaborg estate was renovated with the cooperation of the community council of the former community of Midwolda, and the estate was opened to the public. The coach house was also renovated and made into a restaurant. The Foundation Groninger Landscape (In Dutch: Stichting Groninger Landschap) has been managing the estate since 1965. The foundation has tried to restore the 18th century baroque-style, which is characterized by symmetry, depth and perspective, and the 19th century landscape-style, characterized by curved pathways, elegant plants and exotic trees.  The forest is expanded and a recreational lake and some nature lakes have been dug. The Ennemaborgh has also been used for several years for solemnization of marriages. Presently the estate is inhabited by the artist Maya Wildevuur, who also has her studio in the main house. There is an exhibition of her work where paintings and antique are sold.





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