Monday, July 04, 2011

The Ramsdalen Farm

Farm Buildings



You will find the Ramsdalen Farm in Svartbäcken near the Tyresta National Park. Back in 1880 a farmer who worked at the big Vendelsö Farm bought the property known as Ramsdalens Gård. Back then there were a few buildings at the farm, and his family moved in to one of them. The building still stands today but the roof have collapsed. Sometime around 1910 the family lived in a new house across the road. A few decades after that a third house was built next to the second house, and that's where the current owner (from the same family),lives today. Sadly the rest of the farm has been abandoned since the 1970s, when the original farmers daughter Rut Hultström retired. She died in 1980s. In recent years the roof of the old barn have also collapsed. The last two winters have been tough on many old buildings but the 100-year old laundry barn still stands. I took a bike ride to the farm a while back. There are two lakes in the valley. Ramsjön and Svartsjön.From the tiny beach at lake Ramsjön you can take a short-cut through the forest to get to the gravel road that leads up to the farm, and that is what I did. The farm is situated on the top of the valley, so it is a steep climb. I noticed the owner out in the garden, so I said hello and we started to talk. I think he once was a famous wrestler, but we only talked about the farm. He has never been into farming, which is one reason for not saving the buildings. That will of course cost a lot of time and money. You can see some older photos from Ramsdalen here.

7 comments:

Olivier said...

une belle vieille ferme, j'aime bien cette couleur sur les vieilles fermes en bois

Julie said...

Yes, I agree with Olivier that there is a beauty to this farm, a beauty in decay. However, very soon the buildings will collapse totally. Maybe not this year, but certainly over the next ten years. One wonders why he bought the farm if he wasn't into farming. Thank you for the info and for the link to the old images. Lovely to see what it looked like in its hey day (or even hay day!). I suspect the old time farmers would be turning in their graves at the condition of their old homestead.

Steffe said...

He didnt buy the farm Julie. His family have lived here since 1880.

brattcat said...

looks as if some giant creature has been nibbling away at the barn the way hansel and gretel took bites from the gingerbread house.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Shame that they haven't kept the buildings in good repair, but I guess it cost a lot to do so and maybe just not possible. Really interesting post Steffe.

Gunn said...

Why did I look for E-M-I-L ?

Nice that the old farms have been well looked after!

janerowena said...

What a shame, that looks so sad. If he repaired them and did them up he could sell them as summer cottages.