The "Heimatverein Freren" is a non-profit assosiation foundet in 1963.
After World War II, the former boarding received 200,000 DM as compensation for the takeover by the Nazi regime. Since a reopening never took place after the war, the boarding school cooperative decided to make the money available for charities in Freren.
11.000 DM became the starting capital of the Heimatverein Freren, which was founded by 15 former members of the boarding school cooperative. The Heimatverein Freren was 1963 one of the first associations of its kind in the region.
The first board of directors consisted of the first chairman Heinrich Franksmann, the second chairman Georg Siepenkort and the treasurer Georg Wintering. In the first general assembly, in February 1964, the board was extended by the secretary Bernhard Fritze.
Research, education and recreation were the declared goals of the association's founders.
Throughout its existence, the association helped to preserve the history of the town. For example, through the association's intervention, the drainage of the river Aa was prevented and the old rectory was preserved and renovated.
In 1984 the association moved into two rooms in the restored old rectory. In 1991 we moved into the former Kirchwall school. With a library equipped with more than 1,000 books and writings and a collection of craft equipment, the association was able to set up an exhibition.
After the last district judge of Freren passed away in 1998 he inherited his house to the Heimatverein Freren. Since then the house which was built between 1830 and 1832 got renovated. In 2003 the Heimatverein move into its current location. The annexe became a museum of crafts exhibiting machines and tools as well as household appliances and equipment from doctors and midwives.
The clubhouse 'Heimathaus'
The Hanoverian government built a representative official residence from 1830 to 1832 based on the model plans of the Royal Hanoverian Building Director Georg Laves under the direction of the State Building Administrator Friedrich Doeltz. It included an office and a residential area for the Judge and the civil servants. The district court was dissolved in 1971 and the buildings were sold to Reinhard Holzkamp. He was the last district judge of Freren and inherited the building to us in 1998. Since 2003 we are located in this building.
Inside, there are exhibits on Freren's town history and a local library. Currently, an archive is under construction. In the annexe, there is a crafts museum with exhibits from Freren craftsmen's workshops.
Visitors are very welcome.