Monday, November 30, 2009

The Homestead Society

The Chairman

Christmas Window

Erikslund

Three photos from the Christmas Market that the homestead society arranged in Västerhaninge yesterday. On the top photo you can see Hans Widfond, the chairman of the society, Haninge Hembygdsgille, standing outside the Erikslunds cottage. A building that the society successfully has moved from Ramsdalen near Tyresta, to it's new location at the old courthouse in Västerhaninge that these days serves as the society's headquarters. The little cottage is now all that remains from what once was a small farm (3 ha), in rural Haninge. The farm was bought in 1870 by Per Erik Pehrsson and his wife Anna Sofia Forssberg. It was a tough life working as a farmer, and the family also operated a small laundry business. Their grandson Yngve Pettersson was interviewed by the historian and author Henry Hall from the society many years ago, and if you understand Swedish you can read more if you download these two PDF files from Haninge.org. On my visit yesterday I looked through a photo album with around 100 photos from Erikslund. Both old ones and some recent pictures from the work of tearing down and reassembling the building.

13 comments:

Gunn White said...

Really nice shots!
I think it is important and very nice that people look after buildings/places like this! :-)

Olivier said...

belle maison, on se croirait dans un marché de noel

Leif Hagen said...

I just love these Swedish red buildings and especially the middle photo with the Christmas candelabra through the window! Valdigt bra gjort, Herr Haninge!

brattcat said...

These are excellent shots. I, too, am particularly drawn to the middle composition with the woman in profile and the lit candelabra.

B SQUARED said...

I am struck by the tiles on the roof of the first photo. Here, they would be considered to be upside down.

Halcyon said...

These photos are just lovely. And I also enjoyed your story to go with them. It's good that there are people out there working to preserve history for the rest of us!

Toronto houses said...

Very nice houses. Atypical roofs. I really like the outfit of the sir in the first picture. Great atmosphere indeed. Too bad there are no interior pics. Would like to see it too.

Julie

Rob and Mandy said...

Greetings, Mr Chairman. Excellent pictures!

Steffe said...

The lack of interior photos is because the building is more or less empty. So I will be back when that has been sorted!

Per Stromsjo said...

Never figured out how one actually goes about moving a house. But apparently it does happen. And from he looks of it, a reasonably successful operation.

Jacob said...

Fascinating. I love these old building. Red must be the most popular color for farm buildings in Sweden.

JM said...

Love the window shot!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Lovely photos and a wonderful cottage. The candles in the window are lovely to look at. And the roof tiles look so clean.
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