Vorden – Hackfort Manor
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Vorden
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Vorden – Hackfort Manor

Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor

Hackfort Manor was originally a keep that was expanded into a castle in the 13th century.It was destroyed by Spanishtroops in 1586 and rebuilt in 1600.When the last Baroness Westerholt of Hackfort died in 1981, the estate passed to the The Netherlands Natural Heritage Society (Natuurmonumenten).It is one of the best preserved fortified stately homes in the province of Gelderland.

Berent van Hackfort
The most famous descendant of the Van Hackfort line was Berent (1475-1557). In 1502, he entered the service of the Duke of Guelders and even became commander and deputy to the duke. He also held various posts in the duchy everything from sheriff to steward. At the time, the Duke of Guelders was at war with the Spanish Habsburg ruler and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, in an attempt to protect his duchy from the Habsburgs. When the Duchy of Guelders finally lost its independence in 1543, Berent was among those who signed the treaty. Berent lived to the age of 80 and his tomb can still be seen in the church in Vorden.

Battleground
In 1585, Spanish troops conquered the city of Zutphen and the region turned into a battleground. It was plundered and burned by friend and foe alike and during a failed attempt by the Maurice of Nassau’s Dutch States Army to win back Zutphen, Hackfort Castle was destroyed by the Spaniards. It wasn’t until 1591 that Prince Maurice managed to reclaim Zutphen so that the region could slowly start to recover.

Renovation
In 1788, Hackfort Castle underwent substantial renovations. The old gate house and outbuildings were demolished and the canals were filled in. The castle was transformed into an 18th-century manor house. Today, only the two towers serve as reminders of the former castle. In 1981, Hackfort Manor passed to The Netherlands Natural Heritage Society (Natuurmonumenten) and the house, coach house and watermill have since been restored and opened to the public. Hackfort Manor’s lovely estate is open to the public as well and the natural heritage society is currently working hard to restore the gardens to their original condition.

Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
Vorden – Hackfort Manor
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