Until the 17th century, the peat district in east Groningen was a no man’s land. After that, peat was cut, and peat cutters went to live there under abominable circumstances in sod huts.
As a result of peat harvesting, a new landscape with long canals developed. Along the canals, long ribbons of development sprung up. The network of waterways has since been adapted for recreational sailing.
The Veenkoloniaal Museum
What exactly is it a strawboard maker does, or a peat digger, or pedlar? The Veenkoloniaal Museum (peat district museum) in Veendam in east Groningen tells about these old professions. See how people used to live and work in the peat district. Incomparable to the present!