Friday, July 31, 2015

Homestead Museum – Gräfsnäs (2)

In almost every town or village in Sweden there is a local history society (hembygdsförening). These also usually also maintain one or more old cultural heritage buildings as hembygdsmuseum ~ homestead museum.

If in Sweden you see a road sign pointing to a Hembygdsmuseum, be prepared that this can denote just about anything from a tiny dilapitated cottage open to the public only on rare occasions; to a whole park full of carefully restored old buildings with exhibitions, guided tours, café and souvenir shop etc.

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These are some buildings we found in the homestead park at Gräfsnäs – on our way to their main attraction, a castle ruin (which deserves a separate post).

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An old barn…

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… with some kind of threshing contraption  at the back

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Old-fashioned haystack

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Cottage with picturesque window

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Old watermill

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‘Narnia’ lamp post Winking smile
(the Wardrobe we found a couple of days later)

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Linking to:
FMTSO – Vacation

5 comments:

  1. The cottage window with the flowers is so beautiful! I doubt I would have much enjoyed living in one of those buildings, but they certainly look very picturesque.
    As for the Narnia lamp post - did you see the one I included in my last post?

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  2. I love old building museums, visited a great one in England, the Avoncroft museum of buildings.

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  3. This place has a genuinely olde world look to it. I have a fascination for watermills, love your shots of this one.

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  4. That was a real find. That's the sort of place I can wander round and lose myself for a while.

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