The windmill of Hoeke has been opened sustainably by voluntary millers since 1985. Since 1990, Filip Devoldere has taken up this role with great enthusiasm and expertise. Visitors are given a unique insight into the operation of this piece of agricultural and industrial heritage.
The current Mill of Hoeke dates from 1838. Where the mill now stands, there was a wooden stake mill for centuries. The inhabitants of Hoeke had their grain ground on this spot. Today Hoeke is a small but very charming part of the town of Damme. Once Hoeke was a small suburb that took over the trading function of Damme and Bruges, due to the silting up of the Zwin between 1250 and 1450. The mill is situated north of the village center and is surrounded by meadows. For centuries it has had a strategic location at the junction of the Hoekevaart and Hoekebrug.
The windmill of Hoeke has been opened sustainably by voluntary millers since 1985. Since 1990, Filip Devoldere has taken up this role with great enthusiasm and expertise. Visitors are given a unique insight into the operation of this piece of agricultural and industrial heritage. Because of the personal approach of miller Filip, a stop at the mill of Hoeke is a special experience.
The mill of Hoeke is a small site, but because of that it has a unique character. The small spaces limit the number of visitors that can enter the mill at the same time.
A visit to the mill really gives the visitor the opportunity to be involved in the production process. Every visitor, large or small, gets a unique view on the operation of the mill. Filip places the mill craft within the history of the region, the historically socially relevant context and the industrial technical operation of the mill.
Since 2001 the mill has been managed by Erfgoed Vlaanderen, now Herita. The mill has been restored several times and is still one of the few mills in Flanders today.
Miller Filip Devoldere is responsible for the daily maintenance of the mill. Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of the mill, he quickly detects minor defects. He is also responsible for minor maintenance and repair work. De Molen van Hoeke is managed by Herita since 2012. Herita is responsible for the major maintenance and the necessary restoration of the site. Monumentenwacht's inspection reports form a basis for both annual maintenance and long-term maintenance planning.
Sheep are used for natural grazing for the maintenance of the mill hill.