|Location:||Feggendorf. A2 exit Lauenau, in Lauenaui turn left towards Rodenberg, then right to Feggendorf. Follow the main road to the other end of the village. Parking at the forest, 800m walk to the mine.|
APR to SEP Sun 11, 14.
Free, donation requested.
|Light:||Miners lamps provided|
|Address:||Grube Feggendorfer Stollen, Betriebsleiter Florian Garbe, Oberer Triftweg 1, 31867 Lauenau, Tel: +49-173-7818181. E-mail:|
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The coal mine Feggendorfer Stollen is a typical example for the mining of the Deister area. It was renovated and secured, but not developed as a show mine. The trails are not paved and there is no electric light. Visitors are equipped with helmet, miners lamp, miners cloak, and Wellingtons. This makes tours a little difficult and the visit is not possible for anyone. Additionally it restricts the group size to 10 persons.
The mine primarly provided coal for smiths and coal ovens in the area around Lauenau. At first the annual production was about 840t of coal, later it increased to 1,600t/a. But after the Grafschaft Schaumburg became a member of the preußischer Zollverein, a toll union, it was not any more a market. There were competing mines nearby and coal from Westphalia, which was much cheaper, was now transported by the new railroad. The mine was closed during the depression (1873-95) which followed the German Gründerzeit (1870-73).
The mine was reopened due to the First World War in 1917. At the end of the war the need of coal was high, and obviously it stayed high enough for the continuation of the mining during post war inflation, times of unemployment, the regime of the Nazis and the Second World War. Two years after this war, in 1947, the mining was finally ended. Five more years some locals were allowed to mine minor amounts for personal used, based on old treaties called Deputatkohle or Hausbrand. After this time the mine was completely closed.
Since 2003 a local club called Heimat- und Museumsverein Lauenau und Umgebung e.V. works at the mine. They reopened the tunnel and secured it, and only one year later in 2004 they received the license to open a show mine from the Landesbergamt Clausthal-Zellerfeld. After some mor ework the mine was opened in 2005. Since then it is managed and opened to the public by the work of the club.