There is plenty to see in this large, colourfully decorated farmhouse. Look out for the recreation of the old tradition of ‘window courting’, for example. The farmer or his wife are often to be found here and they will be happy to tell you more about what you can see.
As is the case for the majority of farmhouses from the eastern part of the Netherlands, the front door of this farmhouse opens directly into the living room. In around 1880, an elderly married couple – Jan Huls and Beertje Coster - lived here together with no fewer than eight of their children and grandchildren. Inside, you will see how this farmhouse was furnished at this time. You will immediately notice the open fire at the centre of the living space and the colourful interior décor which makes use of bright colours and decorative wall tiles - not to mention the flower patterns and edifying proverbs painted on the wooden panels.
The animals, mainly cows, lived in the large, deep-litter stall. In a separate room in the churning shed that had been built on to the farmhouse, a horse would have driven the churn-mill. Butter-making was very important in Staphorst. In the nineteenth century, the people of Staphorst were also fervent horse breeders, which explains the presence of the stable.
Type of farmhouse