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Many historical objects are displayed in the exhibitions. On special occasions
the staff of the Museum will arrange these exhibitions in a new way.

Production of milk and its processing

Visiting the Museum you can experience how milk will be produced and processed. There's a lot of equipments and auxiliary instruments for doing that in the Museum. On special occasions the staff will demonstrate how these things were used in former times. That especially applies to milk separators and butter-tubs. You can also admire old wooden butter forms there.


You can also get to know old instruments for producing baker's ware in the Museum. There will be shown a kneading trough, bread forms, a crushing machine, equipments for stoning cherries and plums, an old till, forms for making cakes and biscuits and much more.

A shoemaker's workshop

The historical Museum at Schwarzbach will also present you a completely equipped shoemaker's workshop with a machine for sewing shoes and another machine for polishing them, a boot-tree, awls and wooden nails etc.

Harvesting corn and its processing

On the open-air area of the farmstead you can also see various equipments for processing and tilling the ground and for harvesting the goods as well. The staff will tell you how they were used in different seasons of the year. In the side-building a permanent exhibition will display you equipments for stocking corn and its further processing. Furthermore you can see special instruments for measuring harvested goods.

Spinning wool



There's also a handloom in the Museum at Schwarzbach which probably goes back to the 19th century. On special occasions and by visitors' request the staff of the Museum will demonstrate how it works. Furthermore the staff will explain you such words like warp thread, weft thread, the beater, warp roller, warping, rollers, reed hooking and what significance these things have when weaving on a loom.

Horse- whim





That small horse-whim was found in an orchand behind a barn of the village of Lastau. It was still used in 1940 for driving a threshing machine. Later on it was earthed up so that only a stake stood out from the earth to fix the beam.

The horse-whims were mainly used for driving threshing machines. When electricity became important for driving things, they weren't used any longer. Instead of them electric motors were used then. The horse-whims were mostly found in court-yards of farms. A subassembly of the above mentioned horse-whim was impossible for the following reasons:

After having removed the big gear-wheel of the horse-whim from the vertically standing axle, the axle itself still stood out and formed a dangerous obstacle. That's why the mentioned horse-whim was removed completely and the pit where it was situated was earthed up then.

The so-called threshing tracks on which the horse or the horses moved round in a circle were paved ones. They still can be seen at many farms.

The horse-whims were not harmeless. It was said that a farmer of the village of Weißbach once was killed when such a horse-whim grabbed his coat.


The Museum also has a small collection of equipments for bee-keeping. You can also see straw beehives and straw baskets. A specialty of that exhibition section is a free swing extractor to get bee honey. It was the first which was produced in Germany.


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Last up-date: 03/02/17

All photos: Archive of the Schwarzbach Museum