Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Little Cottage

Green Entrance
I enjoy visiting old farms and cottages. Some of the photos I shoot will end up in the archives at the local historical association in Haninge. This visit was totally by chance. From the bike I chatted with another cyclist. When he told me that he owned Westerfors, a little cottage at Fors near Västerhaninge I asked him if I could tag along for a photo shot. Christer inherited the property from an uncle. He uses it as a summer house. The place has an interesting history. It is said that the old farm house was destroyed in a fire back in 1719 when the Russians attacked, but it is hard to find the evidence for that. If it is true the building here dates back to around 1720. I had a look inside, and Christer told me that the house have undergone many changes in the last centuries. Back in 1884 Anna Sofia Lindblom, a young girl who grew up at Westerfors marries the boy from the neighbouring farm Skarplöt and the two farms become one for a long time. I visited that farm last summer. For many years this place was also known as the Shoemaker's place, as a shoemaker from Norway, Lauritz Rasmussen lived here. More facts and photos in the slideshow.


Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Interesting cottage and history. It's great your photos help document local history.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Sharon said...

I love this little cottage. It looks like a great place to relax once those bees are in check.

I love that your photos are helping to preserve history.

Lowell said...

Beautiful cottage; wonderful photos; and super historical commentary! Looks a lot like the pictures I've seen of my mother's grandfather's place in Sweden!