CZ, Adamov – Stara Hut Frantiska
The current objects in Stara Hut are what remained of the complex built by Jan Adam of Lichtenstein in the early 18th century. In 1746, the Frantiska steel mill was founded equipped with a high furnace on coal. Coal itself was supplied by burning wood in charcoal kilns. The iron works was focusing on supplying the military. In the late 19th century, however, the process was assessed as unprofitable which resulted in closing down the factory. Reconstruction of the compound began in 1971. In 1984, the Museum of Engineering, Brno constructed an exhibition on metallurgy there.
Right when we got in there we noticed the main sight- a frame of former coal/wood high furnace. It is 10 meters tool is of a rectangular ground plan (12 x 12 meters). We took a look on the surroundings covering an area of 12 hectares. On it there is a pattern shop, ramps, two lime furnaces, and residential quarters. There is a section dedicated to Slavic metallurgy. Presentations on medieval iron melting take place there from time to time as well as other would-be attractive events.
We moved to the building which stores scaled-models and operates a railroad museum . A pleasant lady guided us through the museum’s underground. An exhibition on the origins of metallurgy is displayed there. Then we moved onto a floor designated to high furnaces. This gave us some idea on how it must have looked like in here decades ago. Exhibited examples included local ores, cast iron, or even some archeological finds. We moved on to a steel mill frame. We crossed a bridge to its interior which is kind of a observation tower with 360° degree view of woods surrounding it. We took couple of nice pictures and moved on to another adventure.
We really recommend you a trip to Stara Hut. In case you would like to enter the museum, you have to come in the sseason from April to October. In winter is the museum closed.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
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