Thursday, March 31, 2011

Towns of our Ancestors - Doeden of Appingedam, Netherlands

Appingedam, a trading seaport located in northeastern Netherlands, came into existence around 1200. This was the hometown of Jan Doeden, a cooper, who arrived in Philadelphia and settled in  Germantown during the time of William Penn.  In the earliest years of the Germantown settlement, Jan Doeden farmed and grew apples and pears on the lot just north of the Pastorius tract.
Many original medieval premises can still be found in the center of Appingedam. The most famous sight is the hanging kitchens above the Damsterdiep channel.

Hanging kitchens in Appingedam
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Family Roots Travel said...

Have you been there yourself? Did you take that picture?

TCasteel said...

No - It on my wish list of places to visit. :-)
Photo is courtesy wikipedia commons.