Dutch Windmill Museum: An important part of Nederland History
The Dutch Windmill Museum of Nederland is an excellent choice for a fun afternoon with family or friends. JK Chevrolet is proud to call Nederland home and this local fixture is where you can learn about local history and view some pretty cool artifacts. Trip Advisor rates it the area's number one attraction with a park and two museums on the property.
The story of the Dutch Windmill Museum begins in 1898 when immigrants from Holland, citizens of Nederland, erected an exact replica of a Dutch windmill in tribute to their heritage.
Artifacts are displayed on three floors of the building along with a small gift shop stocked with imported items from Holland.
On display are a trunk brought from Holland before the turn of the century, wooden shoes, the 1952 Gold Medal won by W.F. (Buddy) Davis, a native son; and mementos of the late Tex Ritter, country and western music star, who called Nederland home.
The first floor of the museum has a western theme, featuring a suit, boots and other items owned by Tex Ritter, presented by his family.
The Texas State Historical Survey Committee erected a historical marker in front of the building in 1970. A marker honoring War Veterans is located in a small park area and the facility is owned by the City.
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The museums are open Tuesdays through Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00-5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays. Tour groups are welcomed, but please call ahead to schedule.