Nederland is a city in Jefferson County, Texas.The city is part of the Beaumont−Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nederland is also a part of an area known as “the Golden Triangle,” which comprises Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange.
Nederland was founded in 1897 by Dutch settlers (Nederland which literally translates to “Lowland” (non-plural) is the Dutch name for the Netherlands which means “low lands.”) The downtown area continues to bear its English and Dutch street names today.
Attractions include The Dutch Windmill Museum, an authentic replica of a Dutch windmill and was created to honor the settlers from Holland that founded Nederland. It was built in 1969 and contains donated items from Nederland’s history. The museum is located in Tex Ritter Park on Boston Avenue.
The La Maison De Acadiens house is a replica of houses used by early French settlers of the area, many who still have descendants living in the region. It is located next to the Dutch Windmill Museum.
The Nederland Heritage Festival began on the 75th anniversary of the founding of the town in 1973 as part of the city’s Diamond Jubilee and has become known area wide and attracts over 100,000 people over the week of festivities, and includes multiple events during the week with carnival rides, pageants, a parade, golf tournament and live music to name a few. The Festival is celebrating its fortieth year in 2013.
The carnival is usually held on the second or third week of March, during the Nederland Independent School Districts’ spring break. The other events are held beginning in February and running through the end of the carnival itself.
The City of Nederland manages six parks located throughout the city.