Reviving the past!
Walking into museum Vreeburg, you get a taste of the atmosphere of life and living around 1900. On the ground floor you can visit completely furnished “boerenkamers” with authentic furniture, jewellery, clothes and utensils. In the stabels and the barn toys, tools and gear are set up. A showpiece is the miniature combine harvester (scale 1:4) which is regularly put to work.
The property on which the farm was built belonged to the lords of Schagen. For that, the owners had to pay a certain amount of money to the lords of the castle each year. The earliest known owner was Maria Agnes van Winssen. After her death in 1669, her heirs sold the lands to farmers from Schagen and the farm house to the Texeler cloth merchant Dirk Goutsbergen. In the following centuries the farm frequently changed hands. The owners were not always farmers by a long shot but for example doctor’s assistents, pastors or skippers, as well.
The last family who lived and worked here for eighty years was the De Pater family. Willem de Pater (1846-1921) was driving his cattle through Schagen to his land at the Hoep in spring. In autumn the animals were walking through the city again, back to the stables. Willem de Pater, the last farmer of Vreeburg, bequeathed the farm to his friend solicitor Gerben Vrijburg from Schagerbrug after his death.
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