In 1898, citizens of the city erected an exact replica of a Dutch windmill as a tribute to the immigrants from Holland who settled in Nederland, Texas. The design was one of many used in Holland and the 40 foot tall structure houses a museum.
Artifacts are displayed on two floors of the building. The first floor of the museum has a western theme, featuring a suit, boots and other items owned by Tex Ritter, country and western music star, presented by his family. Other artifacts include a trunk brought from Holland before the turn of the century, wooden shoes, a 1952 Olympic Gold Medal won by W.F. (Buddy) Davis, who called Nederland home. A small gift shop is stocked with imported items from Holland.