The monastery, which had existed since 1156 and was secularized in 1803, was purchased by two barons of Meiningen. The Mennonite Muselmann family bought half the estate in 1818 for 85,000 guilders. The chapel of the monastery, in a state of collapse, was restored and used by the Mennonites as a church. In 1838 the congregation established a school and supported a teacher, Christian Stauffer of the Branchweilerhof near Neustadt a.H., who, however, soon emigrated to America. On 3 April 1897 the estate and the Rindhof located to the east, which had also long been occupied by Mennonites, was bought by a Catholic order in order to build an institution for mentally handicapped persons (Bote von Grabfeld, 7 April 1897). Since the monastery was sold, Mennonite religious services have been held in Trappstadt.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 221.
Mennonitische Blätter (1856): 80.
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Hege, Christian. "Bildhausen (Münnerstadt, Freistaat Bayern, Germany)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 1 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bildhausen_(M%C3%BCnnerstadt,_Freistaat_Bayern,_Germany)&oldid=107169.
Hege, Christian. (1953). Bildhausen (Münnerstadt, Freistaat Bayern, Germany). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bildhausen_(M%C3%BCnnerstadt,_Freistaat_Bayern,_Germany)&oldid=107169.
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