The old millstone lies adandoned beside the Schaale River at Huehnerbusch, upstream of the former Bluecher Estate

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Ian Stehbens on July 11, 2007

My very distant relatives Thomas Stebens and Otfried Steben took me to the site of the old water mill above Bluecher. Here our common ancestors had taken the grain to be crushed. From the Church Register of the 1700s we know the names of the miller and his family, the names of the pastor, the estate supervisor, the house servants and the rural workforce of serfs (day labourers, hufner and katner). In September 2007, Bluecher celebrates 777 years of history. From 1700, it is recorded in detail and so much of what was there then is still evident, some evidence is like the millstone and the millrace, whereas other structures are almost as they were. The old church was replaced in 1780s, but its sculptured oaken crucifix, the baptismal font and bowls and keys have been kept.

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