In November 2004, there were a number of theatre events in and around the Castle of Rumbeke.
This event was named: Van den Grooten Oorloge (from the Great War). This event was organised by the Verenigde Vrienden which were celebrating their 150th jubilee.
It was a wonderful event; it was even kind of educational, and funny, as we had to eat - Hutsepoetse mit wurst - (hotchpotch with a sausage) and that in the typical military mess-tin. The complete tour was 3 hours.
During the World War I, the Castle of Rumbeke was used as a residential housing for highly ranked German military.
From October 1914 till September 1916, it was the headquarter of the 26th Reserve Corps of the 4th German Army.
During this period lots of important German persons visited the Castle of Rumbeke, like the Crown Prince Albrecht Von Wurttemberg (in 1915), same as the pioneer of aviation Graf von Zeppelin, and the famous red Baron,
Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen.
Close to the Castle there was a Flugplatz or a German military airstrip
Fondest memory: We all had a wonderful time during this theatre event.
This postcard shows how the Castle of Rumbeke looked like about 100 years ago.
This postcard is dated May 28th of 1914. Yes, indeed in the middle of the Big War (World War I - 1914 - 1918).
This is a feldpostkarte, it was used by a German soldier in order to write a message to his home country.
(I bought this postcard recently on Ebay)
Fondest memory: The tranquillity in Het Sterrebos, the forest that surrounds the Castle of Rumbeke.