Open Monument Day on 11.09.2022

The Vilich Mayor Stroof House experienced a veritable stampede of visitors on Open Monument Day 2022 - and in the most beautiful late summer weather.

The volunteers of the Monument and History Society had their hands full guiding the numerous guests through the residence and official residence of the first mayor of Vilich, Leonhard Stroof (1757-1825).

The new audio tour through this museum memorial was also actively called up. The motto of the day this year was: "KulturSpur. A case for monument protection". And the visitors discovered these protected "traces of culture" in abundance, starting with the plastered façade of the house, which conceals a peasant half-timbering and reflects the wealth of the owner, to the original writing desk at which his sons presumably assisted in official business, one after the other, to the actual traces of earlier paintings in the interior rooms.

An information sheet for visitors can be here can be found here.

Association members Carl J. Bachem and Carola Nathan also offered guided tours of the Vilich churchyard with its unusual historical collection of grave crosses, which can be dated back to the Gothic period. They are on the association's heritage conservation programme.

Text by Carl Jakob Bachem on the Day of the Open Monument