The six molens on the canal are scale models of historic Dutch molens and represent different time periods in the economic and cultural history of the Netherlands. They were a gift from Rod and Sara Shea of Middleton, Wisconsin.
1. Standard Molen (Post Mill)
2. Wipmolen (Hollow Post Mill)
Continuing around on the sidewalk, you will see on your right a small molen called “Tjasker.” These molens were used to keep pasture lands dry and have fallen entirely into disuse. These do not resemble the typical Dutch Molen in any way.
6. Stellingmolen (Tower Mill)
About 1604, Dutch millwrights started to build large and tall molens to grind corn; these were able to catch the wind across other buildings and did not have to be erected on the outskirts of the towns. Used as a corn mill for industrial purposes during the 17th century.
As you walk across the bridge which spans the canal, note the fares one would pay to cross the bridge. This is a replica of the baluster lifting bridge found in Ouderkerk, Friesland. The mechanism which would open the bridge to canal traffic was a counterbalanced beam so that it could be opened by one person.