De Huisman mill

© RicardMN Photography

© RicardMN Photography

De Huisman is a small octagonal mill at the Zaanse Schans in the Zaanstad, a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk in the Netherlands. Currently it makes mustard.

‘De Huisman’ has been located on the Zaanse Schanse since 1955, next to the warehouse ‘De Haan’. The mill was probably built in 1786 on the Blue Path (now Rue Claude Monet) in Zaandam. The mill has functioned as a snuff mill (milling tobacco), a mustard mill, and a saw mill.

At the Zaanse Schans, the mill was converted again into a mustard mill, though it mills the mustard seeds in a modern, not wind-operated way. There are advanced plans for the mill to be restored to a traditional mustard mill, and to give the public the opportunity to visit the mill.

Zaanse Schans has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses. From 1961 to 1974 old buildings from all over the Zaanstreek were relocated using lowboy trailers to the area. The Zaans Museum, established in 1994, is located in the Zaanse Schans.

The Zaanse Schans derived its name of the river Zaan and its original function as sconce (schans in Dutch) against the Spanish troops during the Eighty Years’ War of Dutch independence.

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