Willmenrod is an Ortsgemeinde – a community belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde – in the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Willmenrod
Coat of arms of Willmenrod
Location of Willmenrod within Westerwaldkreis district
Willmenrod im Westerwaldkreis.png
Willmenrod is located in Germany
Willmenrod
Willmenrod
Willmenrod is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Willmenrod
Willmenrod
Coordinates: 50°32′29″N 7°58′53″E / 50.54139°N 7.98139°E / 50.54139; 7.98139Coordinates: 50°32′29″N 7°58′53″E / 50.54139°N 7.98139°E / 50.54139; 7.98139
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictWesterwaldkreis
Municipal assoc.Westerburg
Government
 • Mayor (2019–24) Günter Weigel[1]
Area
 • Total3.63 km2 (1.40 sq mi)
Elevation
305 m (1,001 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total647
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
56459
Dialling codes02663
Vehicle registrationWW
Websitewww.willmenrod.de

GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

Willmenrod lies in the valley of the Elbach between the 475-m-high Watzenhahn and the Stromberg in the middle of the Westerwald.

GeologyEdit

The landscape is characterized by basalt and clay deposits. Until after the war, basalt was still being quarried in Willmenrod and broken up into chips and crushed stone in the community. One hundred and twenty hectares of the municipal area is wooded.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Willmenrod borders in the north on Sainscheid and Westerburg, in the east on Wengenroth and Berzhahn, in the south on Girkenroth and Dorndorf and in the west on Weltersburg and Guckheim.

ClimateEdit

Despite the claim to the contrary in the folksong Oh du schöner Westerwald, the wind does not whistle quite so cold. Rather, a moderate climate holds sway here. In winter, the snow is limited, in summer, it is only seldom unbearably hot and when there is stormy weather, the two mountain ridges keep the wind off the community's location.

HistoryEdit

In 1212, Willmenrod had its first documentary mention as Wernbolderode. Since 1712 it has borne its current name.

In 1805, almost the whole village was burnt down in a great fire. Owing to the thatched roofs and tight rows of houses that prevailed then, such a catastrophe was very nearly inevitable.

Owing to the community's location on the Elbbach, which afforded a great deal of waterpower, it was possible to run five mills here.

ReligionEdit

Willmenrod is overwhelmingly Evangelical.

Population developmentEdit

For a few years, the population figure has been swinging between 650 and 700.

PoliticsEdit

Community councilEdit

The council is made up of 13 council members, including the extraofficial mayor (Bürgermeister), who were elected in a majority vote in a municipal election on 13 June 2004.

Coat of armsEdit

The waterwheel in community's arms stands for the five mills which were formerly of great importance. The lozenges stand for the lesser noble house of Willmenrod. The blue wavy fess stands for the Elbbach's special importance. The various tinctures stand for the community's changing overlords.

Culture and sightseeingEdit

ClubsEdit

Willmenrod has a fire brigade, a sport club, a fruit-growing and gardening club and a mixed choir.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Television cook Clemens Wilmenrod, who took his stage name from the community's name, and is buried in the graveyard here

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Direktwahlen 2019, Westerwaldkreis, Landeswahlleiter Rheinland-Pfalz, accessed 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2020, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2021.

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