First proposed in 1990, de Molen was completed and officially opened on 13th April 2003. Built to plans and specifications obtained from the Netherlands, it is a replica of a traditional 17th Century Dutch flour mill.
The million-dollar project began when a Dutchman, Dirk van Til, bought a property in Foxton, with the intention of growing tulip bulbs in partnership with Jan Langen. The land reminded them so strongly of the Netherlands, they decided to build a genuine Dutch mill. The tulip venture failed, due to a virus and unsuitable climate, and Mr van Til went to Australia. But Mr Langen stayed in Foxton determined to carry the dream through.
Thanks to many Foxton people, people of Dutch descent, foundation members, donations from the public, companies that have contributed products and services at special rates and to a grant from Eastern and Central Community Trust, Mr Langen achieved his goal.
Apart from the running gear, millstones and sail stocks, which were made and installed by Vaags Molenwerkn in Aalten, the Netherlands, the mill has been built using NZ-grown timber, by mainly voluntary labour, under the direction of Mr Cor Slobbe of Foxton Beach. De Molen is equipped with the latest design in composite millstones as well as two new experimental wind blades.
De Molen is a charitable trust owned by The Foxton Windmill Trust Inc with a volunteer board, and with both paid and volunteer staff. All our efforts, including The Dutch Oven Cafe, are aimed at raising funds for the maintenance and upkeep of our iconic windmill (de Molen) and, is open to the public as a monument to all the Dutch Immigrants that came to New Zealand from Holland.
The Foxton Windmill Trust Inc. is a non-profit organisation.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
- Provide funds for the maintenance and upkeep of our iconic windmill (de Molen. - Attract visitors to Foxton. - Provide local employment.