Farm Labourer’s Cottage

The last labourer in Snickartorp was Erik Wilhelm Carlsson. He moved into the left dwelling with his wife, Kristina Charlotta, in 1874 and the family remained there for fifty years.

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The Farm Labourer’s Cottage (Statarlängan) contains dwellings for two families and shows how they lived about 1920. The building, known as Snickartorp comes from the Berga farm in Södermanland and probably dates from the beginning of the 19th century. 

There is a room for each family on either side of the common hall in which each of the families had a larder. The house was also provided with woodsheds and a privy, a cellar store and a garden with a potato patch. Both dwellings are pretty similar with iron ranges and bread ovens.

The last labourer in Snickartorp was Erik Wilhelm Carlsson. He moved into the left dwelling with his wife, Kristina Charlotta, in 1874 and the family remained there for fifty years. Their grandchild Greta gave a detailed description of their home and this formed the basis of the furnishings when the building was moved to Skansen in 1968.
Against the left-hand wall there is a brown-painted dresser which was used for storing crockery, saucepans and cutlery. In front of the window is the sofa. On the end wall is the desk which belonged to the man and which housed his clothing, glasses and bottle of spirits. By the window in the end wall is the chest of drawers
in which the woman of the house kept her clothes and the household linen.

Plants line the window sill, among them geraniums and busy Lizzies. Placed by the wall to the right is the bed which has been made up with bolsters, pillows and covers. The iron stove was the only source of heating and socks and clothes were hung up to dry on top of the pans.
The dwelling on the other side of the hall shows how a poorer family with more children lived about 1920.



1914-1945


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