Manor House (Castle) Brookhusen

The manor house in Brookhusen was probably built in 1800 and converted to the so-called “castle” at the end of the 19th century. It was owned by Johann Jakobb Maue until 1826, the von Stern family from 1826 to 1833, the von Schack family from 1833 to 1840, and Consul Martin Köster from 1840.




Starting in 1887, Karl J. F. Briesemann acquired possession of the property owing to his outstanding collection of paintings from the 16th to 18th century by Italian, French, and Dutch masters, whom Briesemann bequeathed to his birthplace in 1891. The collection is currently in the exhibits of the historical museum. On October 13th, 1841, Willy (Karl Heinrich Martin Gottlieb) von Haeseler was born in Brookhusen. He was a Royal Prussian Lieutenant General. In 1902, von Haeseler was adopted as the landlord of Vilz among the Mecklenburg knights. After the First World War, he remained the 5th commander of the Mecklenburg Johanniter Order society from 1919 until his death in 1927. For over 30 years, von Haeseler was a member of the “Association for Mecklenburg History and Antiquities”. He was honored with many orders such as the Austrian Franz-Joseph Order. On November 27th, 1918, Reinhold von Restorff purchased the property. His son, Wilhelm, managed it starting on July 1st, 1938. Wilhelm von Restorff, who was the last owner of Brookhusen, went missing in Budapest since 1944. The von Restorff family was expropriated following the land reform.

After the social upheaval in 1990, the municipality made several unsuccessful attempts to sell the building, whose condition was deteriorating and was on the verge of collapsing. In 1999, salvation seemed to be in sight. It had gotten a new owner who wanted to renovate the listed property. The manor house was still empty in March 2012.

Renovation work has been underway for some time now.


Structure of ownership prior to 1945:

1748-1756

von Pederstorf

(1781)-1786

Bernhard Julius Christoph Stein

1786-1795

the heirs of Bernhard Julius Christoph Stein

1795-1801

major Joachim Franz Detlov von Bilau (Bilow)

1801-1809

professional huntsman Carl Johann von Stein

1809-1826

Johann Jacob Maue

1826-1833

court professional huntsman Johann Georg von Stern (see Tüschow)

1833-1840

Ferdinand Ernst Christian von Schack

1840-1865

consul Martin Koester

1865-1888

Friedrich Ludwig August Never

1888-1894

Carl Johann Franz Briesemann

1894-(1916)

the heirs of Carl Johann Franz Briesemann

(1922)-1937

Reinhold von Restorffs heirs

1937-(1938)

Heinrich Brüninghaus


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