Since 1965 the town Bürgstadt has collected agricultural and manual equipment which has been displayed in the former “Mittelmühle” (“mill in the middle”) since 1995. In the main focus of the museum are the history of winegrowing in Bürgstadt as well as the quarrying and processing of the bunter sandstone. But it also documents the cultivation of tobacco, the history of the town and the life of the composer Johann Michael Breunig (1699 – 1755) who was born here. Special exhibitions that change twice every year present currnt issues of the town’s and the societies’ histories as well as of the everyday life in rural areas before 1960.
In 1995 the museum opened its doors. The location – the old “Mittelmühle” – was already mentioned in 1248, the current building, however, was only built around 1900. Only the millrace going through the house could be older.
On the ground floor you can learn (almost) everything about the history of winegrowing in Bürgstadt. Next to it the local quarrying industry is presented. This industry “boomed” for the first time in the high middle ages and in the year 1000 stones were already exported to Denmark and to the Lower Rhine Area. Only in the Wilhelminian time the local stone was again sought after all over Europe. The stone objects shown in the cellar offer an insight into the rural sepulchral culture between 1590 and 1790.
The cellar leads you to the millrace where the history of the house is documented. The upper level informs you about the history of the town. So far objects from prehistoric times to the high middle ages are shown, the later periods are currently being prepared.
When you pass the regularly changing special exhibitions you will reach the Breunig-room, where the life and the works of the composer Johann Michael Breunig (*1699 in Bürgstadt, †1755 in Dresden) are presented.
In the adjacent room you will find documents and mementos of the flight and expulsion after 1945, which had one of the most significant effects on Bürgstadt in its history: Within six months the number of inhabitants increased by 33 percent!
Am Mühlgraben 1
Tel. +49(0)9371-99560 (Museum)
Tel. +49(0)9371/9738-0 Fax 09371/6500500 (Rathaus)
Opening hours: Sundays 2.00-6.00 pm and on request