Looking back at History
On October 2, 1574, the Beggar Fleet landed exactly here. The cannon fire sowed panic among the Spaniards who fled headlong. That night, the fleet embarked to the city of Leiden to free it forever from the the Spaniards.
One hundred years later Zoeterwoude was a prosperous village. This was when the Sawmill Mannekus was important in the reconstruction of the village. On October 25, 1892 lightning hit and the mill was destroyed by fire.