Former children's recreation home Elmstein - Schafhof
On 24 June 1914, shortly before the outbreak of World War I, the topping-out ceremony and laying of the foundation stone of the holiday home took place on the Schafhof. It was built by the Palatinate Holiday Home Association. The holiday home was intended for girls only. The purpose of the home was to accommodate and care for children from cities and urban areas in need of recreation. Teaching and further education were added. A second holiday home (Pasquay'sche Kurhaus) for boys was opened in Speyerbrunn in July 1916.
During the National Socialist era, the National Socialist Welfare Organisation came to the fore. During the Second World War, infants and toddlers from the Ludwigshafen area were also accommodated in the convalescent homes because of the danger from the air. After the end of the war, in May 1945, both homes were transferred to the French military government. In August 1952, the Ministry of Finance and Reconstruction decreed that both homes be transferred to the newly founded association "Pfälzer Ferienheime e.V." based in Neustadt/Haardt.
The focus is on recreational stays for 5-14 year-old children. Children from all over Germany found recreation here. Even large companies such as BASF, BBC and others sent their children to Elmstein. The purchase of the Villa Ansel on the Schafhof in early 1953 increased the bed capacity to 175.
At the end of the 1960s, the number of visitors declined and after an inspection of the Schafhof holiday home by the state supervisory authority, the conditions caused financial difficulties. On 26 April 1972, the association decided to dissolve and on 30 September 1972, both homes were closed.
Source: "Die Gemeinde Elmstein in alten Bildern" - Geiger-Verlag, Horb am Neckar