Homesteads are run by non-profit associations which preserve and promote knowledge about the local culture and history. They often include well-preserved historic houses, furniture, tools and items, documented local stories – all from the local area!
The homesteads organise summer activities such as midsummer celebrations, homecoming days, flea markets, sing-alongs and other music events.
Most homesteads also rent out their venues to private arrangements and gatherings.
The homestead is located 2 km from Stjärnhov at the site of the former Pettersberg property, which was used as a priest widow’s home in the 18thcentury. There is a collection of houses around the farmyard, which have been donated from various farms in the parish, including a double cottage, granary, shed, barn and cowshed. There is also a newly built house with kitchen and toilet. Read more here about Gryts local folklore society. External link, opens in new window.
The homestead in Gåsinge-Dillnäs is located in the village of Ullevi, just west of the road between Gnesta and Laxne. Its real name is ‘Sörgården i Ullevi’ and was given to the association as a donation from Eva Andersson, Hammersta, in the same year the association was founded, 1947.
The property then included a house, cowshed and storehouse. The house has a kitchen, small bedroom and a larger room. Read more here about Gåsinge Dillnäs local folklore society. External link.
Björnlunda homestead has 19 buildings plus a herb garden; ‘Per of Viby’s herb garden’. The collection of buildings includes a farmhouse, tenement soldier's cottage, barn and stable, village school, cart house as well as a herring shed and dry toilet. Two cottages with lofts are used as a hostel from June to August. The society also has a storeroom at Bjursnäs on the road towards Kleva. Only Eklund’s cottage is in its original place in Eklund’s pasture.
Read more here about Björnlunda local folklore society. External link.
Gästgivaregården inn (Oppgården) has been at this same site since the end of the 17th century according to a map from 1691 from the National Land Survey of Sweden in Gävle.
It started out as a simple double cottage but has been extended over the years.
Gästgivaregården was named as an inn and stage in the parish catechetical meeting registers, which were started back in 1786.
The last innkeepers were Otto and Amanda Johansson who leased the business from 1901 to 1908. They bought Gästgivaregården in 1908. Its former business as a stage ceased after 1920 but the couple continued to rent out rooms and serve food until 1939.
Gnesta market town bought Gästgivaregården in 1967 but the building was in such a bad condition that many wanted to see it burnt down.
The last guest to overnight was artist Axel Stenberg, otherwise known as ‘Father Christmas’, and he moved out in the 1970s.
In 1970 the municipality transferred the right of disposition to Frustuna local folklore society. Read more here about Frustuna local folklore society External link..
Homestead is the name given to an old farm or collection of buildings, which have most often been taken over by the district’s local folklore society and are run on a non-profit basis.
Homesteads look after utility goods and other items from past eras, and the houses are often decorated with period furniture. Information and stories about the local area from the olden days are gathered here. Traditional festivities are often organised at the homesteads, for example Christmas and midsummer events.
There are about 1,400 homesteads in Sweden.
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