Tijnje

Tijnje (De Tynje) is a residential village, situated in the westerly peatland meadow area of Opsterland. Tijnje is located along the A7, halfway between Drachten and Heerenveen, and between Gorredijk and Oldeboorn/Akkrum on the main road. The village is close to 'De Deelen', a nature reserve, and is sheltered between the trees. In its original form, this agrarian peatland exploitation village was a linear settlement.

Tijnje (De Tynje) is a residential village, situated in the westerly peatland meadow area of Opsterland.  Tijnje is located along the A7, halfway between Drachten and Heerenveen, and between Gorredijk and Oldeboorn/Akkrum on the main road.  The village is close to 'De Deelen', a nature reserve, and is sheltered between the trees.  In its original form, this agrarian peatland exploitation village was a linear settlement.

Tijnje (De Tynje) is a Dutchification of the Frisian word 'tynje', which originally referred to a fishing dam in a river.  Tijnje was founded in the 19th century during the time of the peat exploitation in the low-lying fen areas in the west of Opsterland.  Around 1800, the first peat miners and cutters came to the area around Tijnje.  The residents of Tijnje and Nij Beets received a lot of support from the social democrat Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis. Many voted for Domela, who was thereby able to take a seat in the House of Representatives.

From an economic point of view, the founding of the cooperative dairy factory Volharding II in 1916 was of great importance for De Tynje.  It meant, in fact, the end of the peat exploitation industry, and resulted in many people becoming small traders, with a broad variety of traditional one-man businesses.  Tijnje has its own natural swimming pool.  It is also an active village, with various celebrations.  The most extraordinary thing for Friesland is that the village has a carnival society which has existed for some decades now.  Tijnje has a tractor skills festival, including combine harvester races.

The cemetery also contains one of the bell frames in Friesland.  De Breewei in Tijnje has several historic buildings.  The former reformed church from 1921 on the Rôlbrêgedyk is unique as a concrete building due to the architecture of its construction, and is a national monument. The former Dutch Reformed Church building can be seen at the start of the Riperwei. This church has been converted into a residence.

You can find more information about Tijnje on www.tynje.nl.