|Vereniging De Zaansche Molen
The octagonal smock mill was built in 1722 and spent the first 178 years of its life hulling barley. In 1899, the mill was used for the processing of coffee husks from Hamburg and Bremen, an activity that was to continue for the next 20 years.
At the outset of World War I, sawdust was ground to wood pulp, a raw ingredient for the manufacture of linoleum. This activity was sustained until 1954, when the mill was taken over by a large barley hulling factory. But in 1961, the mill was sold to the Society De Zaansche Molen for the sum of 6,000 Dutch guilders.
After a comprehensive restoration in the early 1970’ s the mill was ready to hull barley and to process that to perl barley. And that is what Het Prinsenhof has done right up until today.
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