Felsenthal (Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)
Felsenthal was a large Mennonite estate on the Molotschna River in South Russia, founded in 1820 by David Reimer, the father of Jakob R. Reimer. It took its name from the granite ridges that follow the valley, through which flows a stream fed by a perpetual spring. Felsenthal was known for its orchards and nurseries, which sold trees everywhere. For a time this estate was the center of a mystical group which engaged in a life of contemplation. They were incorrectly called Quakers. The name "Gichtelianer" describes them better.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft “Raduga“, 1911: 132.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: I, 638.
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