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A bridge in the centre of the village
(1 April 2004)
Schoonoord was founded in 1854 by labourmen from Smilde who dug the Oranjekanaal. Later, when the peat in the neighboring Odoornerveen was being cut, more workers settled in the village. The name of the village was thought up by the peat digger Klijn. It literally means "beautiful place".
Due to the 100th anniversary of the village, a few turf huts were built. This collection has evolved to the open-air museum Ellert en Brammert. Also, there is a megalith called the Papeloze Kerk nearby Schoonoord. A windmill in Schoonoord has been converted to residential accommodation but is missing its cap and sails.
Bert Koops , singer of the band Mooi Wark, Thirza de Lange , writer