The Griesen area is located in the southwest of Mecklenburg . In the north-west and north, the Sude (from Kuhstorf to Lübenheen ), the Strohkirchener Bach and its continuation as the New Canal border the area (the Hagenow - Ludwigslust railway line uses this valley). The southeastern border runs roughly from the town of Ludwigslust to Dömitz ( following the Elde Canal ), in the southwest the Rögnitz from Woosmer (now a part of Vielank ) to Lübheen forms the boundary of the Griesen area, which is a large triangle.
The origin of the name is not clear: on the one hand the soil - predominantly sandy - has a gray color (= gravel). In the past, the drift sand even blew in villages that had to be abandoned. On the other hand, the day laborers here wore undyed, gray linen clothing.
The soil was unsuitable for agriculture, aristocratic landowners could hardly assert themselves here and so there were many domains in the Griesen area that were directly subject to the Mecklenburg rulers. The notorious peasant laying took place less often in this area and so you can still see the original farmsteads in many villages today.
The Wendish population was able to hold out longer in the Griesen area than in the rest of Mecklenburg. Some place and field names (Heidhof, Pichersche Heide) are reminiscent of the extensive heaths , these areas have largely given way to forests and fields.
The municipalities of the Griesen area
- Becker, Joachim: From "de grise area" of Mecklenburg-Schwerin , Verl. Bodenkultur, 1914