The Brattnäs cottage

The Brattnäs cottage is from the village of Brattnäs which in part of the Qvidja manor in Pargas. Qvidja was one of the most influential manors in the parish of Pargas and the inhabitants  of the cottage were crofters.

The cottage was probably inhabited up until 1920, but was later taken to pieces and moved to the Local History Museum in 1929.

There cottage has only one room which was used to prepare food, for sleeping, as a workspace and as a livingarea. The objects and the furniture in the room reflect how poor families lived in Pargas during the 19th century.

 

 

As you enter the cottage you can read the inscription bove the doorway that reads 1729 or 1799. There are also several markings, possible initals cut in to the timber, possibly by the people who used to live in the cottage

The table next to the open hearth fireplace is called a "foodchair". It has hinges and can be turned in to a chair. This folding table was used by women and children and quite common in Pargas.

 

The large net next to the door in the hallway is a wolfnet. Every farm or homestead in Pargas was required to own such a net. If wolves were sighted, all houses were ordered to send people for a communal wolf-drive. The nets from the different houses were joined in to a chain of nets that was approximately hundred meters long. A long chain of people would walk through the landscape and drive the wolves towards the nets. The last great wolf-drive in Pargas was held in 1868.