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The Cotter's Homestead - Kjelvik.
Norway

This path is leading to what's known as The Cotter's Homestead (barely visible in the panorama) - an authentic homestead open to the audience, just as it was left when the least tenant died in 1967. At the time, the sea still provided the only means of transport out there, and most goods and equipment had to be carried from the shore and up to the farm, a 2 kilometer long stretch involving a climb of 300 meters. What remains today are tools, inventory and clothing as they were used in bygone times. There are no cordons with "No admittance" placards anywhere, no labels with exhibit numbers. anybody who wants to can hold the rake handle, the scythe, the plane, the draw knife or the blacksmith's tongs in their own hands. This is a museum to which welcomes you to go into the tiny rooms, and let your thoughts run free, and imagine how life must have been for those who lived here - with no running water, no electricity, and before the nearby road was built in 1986.

This area was once a Sami settlement. It started with reindeer herding and then moved on to fishing and farming. People lived here from 1747. The buildings consist of a cottage, a cowshed/barn, a wood-hall, "Patihuset" (a "cookhouse" and smithy), "sjeltersjåg" (shed), a cellar and a mill.

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Tags: kjelvik; nordland; sørfold; husmannsplass; nordlandsmuseet; museum; norway; nature; forest
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