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Zeilitzheim in Landkreis Schweinfurt, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Storchenbrünnlein / Little Stork Spring

 
 
Little Stork Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 24, 2019
1. Little Stork Spring Marker
Inscription.  
Das Baeren- oder Storchenbrünnlein wurde erstmals 1820 schriftlich erwähnt.

Der Grund, auf dem es sich ursprünglich befand, gehörte einer Familie namens Baer.

Der damalige Standort lag an den "Oberen Dorfwiesen” in der Nähe der Volkach.

Das reiche Nahrungsangebot dieser Wiesen lockte Störche um den Standort des Brünnleins an.

Auf Dorfansichtskarten von 1920 ist noch ein Storchennest auf dem Rathausdach erkennbar.

Seit dieser Zeit hat sich der Name des Baerenbrünnleins im Volksmund zum Storchenbrünnlein umgewandelt.

Im Zuge der Flurbereinigung 1935 - 1948 wurde es eingeebnet und verschwand.

Nur die zwei oberen geteilten Sandsteinhälften der Einfassung erhielten sich, konnten geborgen und aufbewahrt werden.

Dank einer Initiative des Historischen Arbeitskreises und der Unterstützung der Gemeinde Kolitzheim konnte das Storchenbrünnlein 1993 hier an seinem neuen Standort wieder aufgebaut werden.

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(English translation:)

The Baer- or Little Stork Spring was first mentioned in writing in 1820, with the origins of its name due to its ownership

Little Stork Spring and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 24, 2019
2. Little Stork Spring and Marker
The spring (with storks) is visible to the left, with the Little Stork Spring and Stone Bridge Markers visible on the pole to the right.
by the Baer family. Its former location was on the "Upper Village Meadows" near the Volkach; the rich food supply of these meadows attracted storks to the area. On village postcards from 1920, a stork's nest on the town hall roof is recognizable. Since then, the name of Little Baer Spring has been popularly converted to Little Stork Spring. In the course of the land consolidation of 1935-1948, it was leveled and disappeared. Only the two upper sandstone split halves of the spring enclosure were preserved and stored. Thanks to an initiative of the Historical Working Group and the support of the municipality of Kolitzheim, the Little Stork Spring was rebuilt in 1993 at its new location.
(Marker Number 3i.)
 
Location. 49° 53.917′ N, 10° 16.207′ E. Marker is in Zeilitzheim, Bavaria, in Landkreis Schweinfurt. Marker is at the intersection of Brueckenstrasse and Am Steg, on the left when traveling west on Brueckenstrasse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Zeilitzheim, Bavaria 97509, Germany. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stone Bridge (here, next to this marker); Das Badhaus / The Bathhouse (a few steps from this marker); Badtor / "Bath" Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Gerberhaueser / Tanners Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Gerberhaus / Tanner's House (Brueckenstrasse 5)
Little Stork Spring - additional marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 24, 2019
3. Little Stork Spring - additional marker
On the base of the reconstructed "spring" is an additional marker providing much the same information as the subject marker. Translated into English it reads: "Little Stork Spring. 1820, in possession of the Baer family. Original location was in the upper village meadow, some 300 meters to the south. Rebuilt at this location on May 29, 1993."
(within shouting distance of this marker); Gemeindebäckerei / Community Bake-House (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Ehemalige Gendarmeriestation / Former Police Station (about 120 meters away); Ehem. Dorfbrauerei / Former Village Brewery (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Zeilitzheim.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 27, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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