Langezwaag

Langezwaag (Langsweagen) can be found on the way from Gorredijk to Heerenveen. The village lies on the border between sandy soil and peatland. To the west and south of Langezwaag, the landscape is an open one, and to the east and north, the landscape has a more closed character. Langezwaag is situated in the south-western point of the municipality of Opsterland.

Langezwaag (Langsweagen) can be found on the way from Gorredijk to Heerenveen.  The village lies on the border between sandy soil and peatland.  To the west and south of Langezwaag, the landscape is an open one, and to the east and north, the landscape has a more closed character.  Langezwaag is situated in the south-western point of the municipality of Opsterland.

From around 1550, the Heeren Compagnie from Heerenveen began digging up the high peatland, and the Skoatterlânske Kompanjonsfeart (Schoterlandse Compagnonsvaart) canal, with its numerous branches, was dug in order to transport the peat to Holland.  The main road ran from east to west, from Heerenveen via Luxwoude and Langezwaag to Gorredijk.  This Hegedyk was also a water barrier.  To the north of the Hegedyk, many ponds formed after the peat cutting.  The construction of polder dykes made the dried polders suitable as arable land and pastures.  The name Langezwaag is linked to the position of the grounds.  Elongated lands (zwagen) used to run from the Oude Ee river in the north past the Skoatterlânske Kompanjonsfeart in the south.

Langezwaag is one of the older villages in the municipality of Opsterland.  The older villages were farmer's villages, which were primarily involved in the arable farming of rye and buckwheat. Cows and sheep were also kept, but these were primarily kept for their manure.

You can find more information about Langezwaag on www.langezwaag.com.