Milk production and kidnapped sailors

The people of Holysloot reared livestock and produced milk. As the story of Jan Jacobszoon shows, the village also produced sailors. In 1676, money raised in a collection from the wide surroundings was used to buy Jacobszoon’s freedom from the hands of Algerian kidnappers.


Municipal school, 1922

Secret Reformation

Before Protestantism became widespread in many large cities, a number of reformation notions were already appearing here. In 1567, pastor Jan van Roosendaal warned Ransdorp and Holysloot against the heretical ideas of church reformer Menno Simonsz. What he did not know was that the bailiff Jan Moensz was also a follower of Simonsz. Moenz did not hesitate to condemn fellow villagers for similar beliefs.


Passenger ferry with bell and waiting room, 1960s

The never finished canal

A little way from the Bloemendalergouw, between Holysloot and Durgerdam, lies the Goudriaankanaal (canal, 1823). When the Zuiderzee and the port of Amsterdam silted up, the capital city sought a new maritime route and started work on this canal. It was never finished because King William I chose the North Holland Canal (1824) between Amsterdam and Den Helder above the Goudriaankanaal.


Passenger ferry Holysloot, 2008


Holysloot may be isolated, but from its earliest days its basic essentials were provided for. There are still two churches of which the white one, a Reformed aiseless church (1846), is the oldest. The plain, stone church was renovated in 1916, after the big flood. It is now in use as a private residence. The wooden school building from 1875 (number 38-40) used to have two classrooms. ‘Het Schoolhuis’, the school, is now a restaurant.