|• Mayor||Ruth Disser (SPD)|
|• Total||17.92 km2 (6.92 sq mi)|
|Elevation||110 m (360 ft)|
|• Density||510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Economy and infrastructure
- 5 Famous people
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mainhausen is one of 13 towns and communities in the Offenbach district, lying in the southernmost part of Hesse right on the boundary with Bavaria. The community lies on the eastern edge of the Frankfurt Rhine Main Region right on the Main and southeast of the Frankfurt am Main metropolis.
Municipal area’s extent
The municipal area covers 17.92 km².
Mainhausen borders in the west and north on the town of Seligenstadt, in the east on the communities of Karlstein, Kleinostheim and Stockstadt am Main (all three in Aschaffenburg district) and in the south on the town of Babenhausen (Darmstadt-Dieburg).
In the Middle Ages, near Mainflingen, stood Hausen (Husen), which in 1357 was mentioned as an Imperial knightly fief from Hanau. The Häuser Schloss is an old tower hill from the 10th or 11th century whose builders are unknown.
Mainflingen was known in mediaeval documents as Manolfingen, after the founder Manolf (a Germanic given name). The placename ending —ingen is a sign that the place was founded during the Migration Period (Völkerwanderung).
From the time between 775 and 799, various donations of landholdings to the Lorsch Abbey are recorded in the Manolfinger marca (a communally owned cadastral area). The place then belonged to the Frankish Maingau.
In the 7th century, the outlying Zellkirche (“Cell Church”, albeit not in the modern meaning; “cell” here means “outlying monastic community”), which was consecrated to Saint George, is believed to have been an Irish-Scottish-run mission. The fortifications around the church are thought to have been forsaken in the 13th century. The church itself stood until 1816.
The Häuser Schlösschen and the Zellerhof
These long-vanished settlements lay near each other. Both names take the definite article (in German: das Häuser Schlösschen; der Zellerhof). Both these places are believed to have burnt down in the Middle Ages. According to legend, the dwellers of the Zellerhof and those from the Häuser Schlösschen built a new settlement, naming it after the old villages, which yielded the name Zellhausen, which had its first documentary mention as Cellhusen in 1238. Digs carried out in 1829 unearthed foundations and cobblestones. They could have had something to do with a fortified tower with surrounding buildings.
About the time of Zellhausen’s first documentary mention, the Seligenstadt Monastery owned two estates here.
After Secularization in 1803, Zellhausen passed from Electoral Mainz to Hesse. In air raids on the Zellhausen airfield in 1944, there was heavy damage in the community itself.
The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:
|Parties and voter communities||%
|SPD||Social Democratic Party of Germany||45.4||14||40.8||13|
|CDU||Christian Democratic Union of Germany||37.5||12||56.0||17|
|FDP||Free Democratic Party||11.4||3||3.1||1|
|UWG||Unabhängige Wählergemeinschaft Mainhausen||5.7||2||–||–|
|Voter turnout in %||47.5||58.2|
At the last mayoral election in 2003, Ruth Disser (SPD) prevailed with 55.2% of the vote. The next election, following the cycle, will be in 2009.
Economy and infrastructure
Sons and daughters of the town
- Käthe Paulus (1868–1935), first German professional woman balloonist, aerial acrobat and inventor of the foldable parachute