Schoonoord, Coevorden

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A bridge in the centre of the village
A bridge in the centre of the village
Schoonoord is located in Drenthe
Coordinates: 52°50′46″N 6°45′22″E / 52.84611°N 6.75611°E / 52.84611; 6.75611
Country Netherlands
Province Drenthe
Municipality Coevorden
Population (1 April 2004) 2,219

Schoonoord is a town in the Netherlands and it is part of the Coevorden municipality in Drenthe. It has an altitude of about 20 meters (65 feet). The population was 2,219 with 970 households in 2004.


Schoonoord was founded in 1854 by labourmen from Smilde who dug the Oranjekanaal. Later, when the peat in the neighbouring Odoornerveen was being cut, more workers settled in the village. The name of the village was thought up by the peat digger Klijn. It literally means "beautiful place".

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Due to the 100th anniversary of the village a few turf huts were built. This collection has evolved to the open-air museum Ellert en Brammert. Also, there is a megalith called the Papeloze Kerk nearby Schoonoord. A windmill in Schoonoord has been converted to residential accommodation but is missing its cap and sails.


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Coordinates: 52°51′N 6°45′E / 52.850°N 6.750°E / 52.850; 6.750