Meet the diligent workers who even built their own church
Everbeek-Boven was in the 19of For a century, a deprived neighborhood that was looked down upon from the center of the village. The inhabitants were the “tawny owls”. At the end of the 19of century they built a new church with their own hands and after much opposition they managed to become a new independent parish. It is the only parish church in Brakel that is not owned by the municipality. A new village center was created around the church, with consumption and trade and with its own socio-cultural life.
Shortly afterwards, when there were insufficient opportunities in the new village for the young people to build a sustainable future, there was a wave of emigration to Manitoba in Canada. More than 150 residents made the crossing and with the same stubbornness they reclaimed a piece of Canada. Most of them farmed well and became wealthy citizens who continued to dream of their beloved Everbeek. With the Open Monument Day in 2022, the spotlight will be on Everbeek-Boven for the first time and the guides will guide you through the remarkable and fascinating history of the youngest Brakel village.
Open Monument Day September 11, 2022 from 10 am to 6 pm
Reception and information: Kindergarten ‘t Knuffeltje (tent), Muiterij 3, Brakel-Everbeek.
The Guild of Saint Joseph welcomes you to the cafeteria in the tent. From 2 to 5 pm performance by Jacob Surdiacourt and friends. Exhibition 150 years of Saint Joseph’s Guild. The tent at the kindergarten is also the starting point for the walks.
Guided walks along the main streets from which Everbeken residents emigrated to Manitoba, Canada.
- Village center walk: starts every hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Nature walk: starts every hour from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
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