In Dirksland, it’s the tower that matters. From all over the island of Goeree-Overflakkee, you’ll see the tower of the Gothic church, well, towering over the village. The first mentions of Dirksland date from 1229, making it the oldest recorded place on what would become Overflakkee island. It only took shape many years, and many floods, later – more like the end of the 15th century.
It was round about then that the church was built in the village centre, and it has become one of the best-kept churches on the whole island. And the stately old buildings in the surrounding streets show it off to its advantage.
The De Eendracht windmill, a round brick tower mill, is still used to this day to mill cereals. You can visit it on the Vroonweg when it’s working, or by prior appointment.
Another commanding tower nearby is the water tower. It was built between 1939 and 1941, at 62.5 m high, it was the tallest water tower in the country for a long time. The architect J. Gerber designed it in the characteristic Delft School. It opened briefly as a restaurant from 2007 to 2009 but it is now in disuse.
Dirksland plays an important role in regional healthcare, with the Van Weel-Bethesda hospital the largest in the region.
In the polders around the village, Dirksland pulls its weight every May with the Tractor-Tugging Family day. It’s full of chuffing tractors trying to outpull each other, dragging heavy objects down a track. Loads of other activities fill the day too. All this and more is listed on our Events Calendar here.