The Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
“The Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland” is the collective name for a rich variation of older and well-preserved farmhouses in Hälsingland, in 36 parishes over four centuries.
The habit of Hälsingland farmers of building large and lavishly decorating rooms for celebration culminated in the 1800s. The richly painted banquet rooms were used only for really important occasions in people’s lives, such as weddings.
The farmers’ good finances came from agriculture and cattle breeding. Many Hälsingland farmers also had income opportunities from linen manufacture and trade, as well as the sale of forest lands and felling rights.