October 6, 2022

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Mary lives in one of the oldest farms, as if time had stopped

1/5 Marja lives on the oldest farm in Flegemen

Built in 1650 and last renovated in 1890, Flegmen’s oldest farm is still inhabited. And by Marja Kivits. According to the Brabantse Boerderij Foundation, her farm is one of the most beautiful in Brabant. That’s why they were awarded the Medal of Honor for the first time on Saturday on Memorial Open Day, an award dedicated to the Crown Jewels on the Brabant Estate. Marja, who calls herself Marie Van de Middlehay, is a “crown on her work”.

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Marie’s farm is the oldest still original farm in Flegmen with a flock, a square bed and a stool box. Mary sleeps in the chest of drawers, knits her socks and bodice skirts and grows her vegetables in the vegetable garden. She wears traditional Brabant costume and takes guided tours of her “museum”.

“I’m just

She doesn’t think it’s too special, even though she enjoys farming. “I’ve maintained my farm for over thirty years and that’s something we appreciate. But I’m just Happy man.

Visitors receive interpretations from Marie in her native Brabant accent and then sing her own Brabant songs. And of course there is one comic coffee. Whoever visits the farm mustinside‘, Because of ‘Torchr’ almost never opens. “Only for the King and the Mayor,” Mary laughs.

“The twenty-first century is coming here.”

The honorary column from the Brabant Farm Foundation is a boost to Mary and her farm. And she can use it well. Because it has a conflict with the municipality of Heusden. He has planned two new homes near the farm.

According to Marie, this spoils the peasant atmosphere of the nineteenth century in her living museum. “When I look out the window, those newly built homes are in plain sight. With their solar panels oriented this way. The 21st century comes here for the first time.”

Mary collected the signatures and the case is now before the Council of State, which can make a decision at any moment. “I actually hope the State Council will say: This You know? She does her best, just let her be.’ we will You never know no Hey?”

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