17: Decorated merchand house

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The Honig Breethuis allows you to become acquainted with a local merchant’s family. You will find out all about their lives in the 1830s and explore their beautiful home. The attractive entrance hides a luxurious interior. Complete with painted curtains, a beautifully-decorated garden room and cabinets filled with crockery. The staff are happy to show visitors round and tell some fascinating stories. This former home is not located at Zaanse Schans, but is within walking distance (700 m) on the other side of the River Zaan. A listed building, the Honig Breethuis was built by Cornelis Jacobszoon Honig in around 1710. Honig owned the paper mill De Vergulde Bijenkorf. Later, in the first quarter of the 19th century, paper manufacturer Jacob Corneliszoon Breet lived in the building. He expanded the family company C & I Honig Breet by acquiring the paper mills De Veenboer, Het Herderskind and De Herder.

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