Luxwoude

Luxwoude (Lúkswâld) was originally a peat exploitation village, and belongs to the smaller villages in the municipality of Opsterland. The village is characterised by its ribbon developed along the Hegedyk, the Alde Leane and the Lúkster Heawei.

Luxwoude was originally a peatland mining village, and belongs to the smaller villages in the municipality of Opsterland.  The village is characterised by its ribbon developed along the Hegedyk, the Alde Leane and the Lúkster Heawei.

Its primary function is residential.  Luxwoude is located in the west of Opsterland, in the peatland mining landscape The village lies directly along the A7 motorway between Gorredijk and Heerenveen, and is accessible from Tijnje, Gorredijk and Tjalleberd.

For a long time, Luxwoude was the smallest village of the grietenij (the forerunner of a municipality) of Opsterland.  The village had just ten inhabitants who could vote, and in 1749 was home to just three families.  At the end of the 18th century, the number of inhabitants rose due to the exploitation of the peatland in the area.

The village has never had a church, and during the 16th century belonged to the parish of Gersloot in the neighbouring grietenij of Aengwirden.