Impressions from Kleinhegnach

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This small hamlet is located west of Waiblingen Neustadt, east of Fellbach Oeffingen, south of Hegnach, north of Waiblingen and only about 200 m beneath the river Rems.


Coming from Fellbach, we see the road descending towards the Rems valley and after passing the valley of the Rems, ascending again towards Neustadt.
On the left (north) of this road, a small street leads to the old centre of the hamlet.

All the buildings are hidden behind big old trees, so it is difficult to get an impression of the whole ensemble. The first house on the left is a famous Gartenwirtschaft (pub in the landscape) where I often enjoyed the Most (cider) together with a Schmalzbrot (bread with grease of pigs with some chive).

Kleinhegnach 4
71336 Waiblingen
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I asked the inn-keeper which could be the oldest building in the hamlet. After asking his grandma, who did come to Kleinhegnach in 1930, they agreed that Mr. Bindel would be the best source for further information. He offered to show me the related building because it is not easy to find and "because of the dog" ... (Oops?) So we went down the small street, and after some 200 meters we entered the farm of Mr. Bindel. He was just loading some sacks with potatoes into a van and interrupted his work to talk to me. I explained my intention:

About 1780, the Hofbauer (farmer) of Kleinhegnach was a Johann Georg Beisswanger. For a genealogic colleague from Knoxville Tennessee (Mary Jude Fuchs Foulk) I try to find the building where her ancestor could have lived. He immediately became interested in the matter and remembered the names of the farmers before him. One was called Luitpold. 


His wife joined us and showed me a painting that showed the old buildings how they looked about 100 years ago.

They did not have sources about their predecessor farmers, but mentioned that during the last century, the farm was never in the possession of the same family. They suddenly became philosophic and thought about the transitoriness of life. Mr. Bindel is obviously doing the farm work only as a hobby, his main profession is in a company doing isolation work in buildings. As he self had to suffer from hunger after the WWII, he is now trying to help poor others with the results of his farm work. He has 2-3 pigs and some chicken and the garage contained a lot of butcher tools.

After about half an hour of talking, I got the hint to contact a Mr. Eisenbeis from Neustadt, who would be a genealogist (to be done). I thanked him for his kindness and started to take some photos.

The slope of the roof of this building is very steep, an indication that it is very old. Mrs. Bindel told me, that there is a stone at the cellars entry saying 17??, but currently covered with ivy.
Here on the left the same house.
Another old building, the wine plants at the building are called "Kammerz" in this area.

On another farm in Kleinhegnach they sell potatoes.



Coming from the east, we see the sign "end of Neustadt, Kleinhegnach 1 km".


The Rems river (coming from the east near Aalen and flowing into the Neckar near Neckarrems (:-) is passing Kleinhegnach.
Near Kleinhegnach in Waiblingen Neustadt is the origin of the famous motor-saws company STIHL.


Write a postcard to Erwin Bindel who helped me so kindly. His address is

Erwin Bindel
Kleinhegnach 16
71336 Waiblingen

Some more Bindel stories:

A nice picture from the Neustadt side towards Kleinhegnach:

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