MILLS’ ROUTE

 

Our publication entitled Malmok útja (Mills’ Route) on the thematic route presents the once famous landscape-shaping buildings, economic and social workshops, the dry and windmills of the Hungarian Great Plain. Various techniques have been developed over the centuries for grinding cereals for bread, which have resulted in many varieties of mills being used in the region. In addition to the ancient dry mills, tower windmills and grinders continue to enrich the palette of ethnographic values and monuments. Their rescue, preservation and publicity are very important as they have been the dominant buildings and communal spaces fulfilling basic economic functions in the Southern Great Plain for over 200 years.

Malmok útja (Mills’ Route) project aims to establish a thematic route across the Hungarian-Serbian border, which is to introduce and publicize the mills of this vast lowland region. Five partners and the mills of five settlements joined this envisioned route, which has eventually materialized. It is no coincidence that the motto of the project has become: GRINDING MILLS, BINDING ROADS…. We believed that the mills that had been preserved and entrusted to us for preservation would unite us, the borders would no longer separate us, thus we would find ways to make closer acquaintances and strengthen friendships.

Travelling from Kiskunfélegyháza to Kikinda, the Mills’ Route encompasses the preserved built heritage of the Ópusztaszer National Heritage Park, of Hódmezővásárhely and Orom. Protecting these folk industrial historic buildings and opening them to the public were important elements of the project. The mills along the route show the lifestyle, adaptability and resourcefulness of the inhabitants of the landscape by demonstrating the technical diversity they employed. However, the mills were, and still are, not only buildings, but also meeting points and communal places.

Passing along the Mills’ Route and perhaps beyond it, the traveller will discover the cultural treasures, natural values and built heritage of this region. This volume is a guide to exploration. In the introductory section the reader can learn about the history of mills, and then the past and present of the mills on the route are discussed. However, there are other options along the route to be explored, thus there is a map included. In addition to protecting and preserving the historic mills, we aim to impart our current knowledge of them and to help them regain their place and role in the field of tourism. This volume is intended to help you plan your journey. The old wise men say, ‘it’s just hard to get started‘!

We are here to help you get started and look forward to meeting you on the Mills’ Route.

Enjoy your journey!