Summer Farmhouse from Kilde

Åmot, 1700-1750

Most farms in Østerdalen had two houses – one for winter and one for summer. The winter house, the family’s main dwelling, was used most of the year. After they moved to the summer house, the winter house was washed and made ready for fall.

If a newer, larger winter house was built, the old one was then often downgraded for use in the summer, as was the case at Kilde. This house had been the winter house until the early 1800s.

The house was probably built in the early 1700s, while the baroque style furnishings dates from a modernization around 1770. An annex, a barfrø, was also built then but it was later removed (see building 155).

The house has a main room and two chambers with an entrance through a porch. The main room is large and has paneled walls and ceiling. The ceiling is decorated with a molding rose of wood.

  • Summer Farmhouse from Kilde
    Summer Farmhouse from Kilde Anne-Lise Reinsfelt

The farm was owned by Helge Hansen and Gunhild Tollefsdatter in the 1770s. Their initials and the year 1771 is inscribed in the fireplace. The timber trade and money-lending made Helge a wealthy man. The interior he had built for his house was both fashionable and costly.

Acquired by the museum in 1903 and rebuilt here in 1905