Herrnhaag near Frankfurt on the Main river became a second refuge for Moravians from 1738 to 1750. Here, Johann Christian Erhardt, a mariner from the Baltic port of Wismar, who had been converted on St. Eustatius in the West Indies, lived in the company of "unmarried brothers" from 1742 on. From here he left repeatedly to undertake journeys with the Moravian mission ship Irene to America and Greenland. From Herrnhaag he also wrote on 20 May 1750 a letter to Johann von Watteville, the Moravian chancellor, in which he suggested missions among the Inuit of Labrador. This plan came to fruition in the summer of 1752, albeit at the expense of Erhardt's own life as well as that of six of the ship's crew near today's Makkovik. The 1752 trip remained, however, in the memory of Moravians and eventually resulted in the permanent settlement of Nain in 1771.

The pictures were taken in May of 1997 and show some of the restored buildings, including the one in which Johann Christian Erhardt lived. I'm grateful to Pastor Christoph Waas, Herrnhut, who encouraged me to visit Herrnhaag; Cand. theol., Mr. Gill, who exhibited the hospitality and spirit of Herrnhaag and graciously showed me the grounds; finally, the J. R. Smallwood Centre for Newfoundland Studies, which through a grant made my research trip to Herrnhut and Herrnhaag possible. -- Hans Rollmann

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