Farm Worker’s House from Stapelmoorerheide

Farm Worker’s House from Stapelmoorerheide (Leer County), built in the second half of the 19th century. Re-constructed at the open-air museum in 1979

A roofer over one’s head

Above all, everything seems restrictive and small upon entering this East Frisian house constructed around 1850. Like many other similar buildings in this region, it provided a family from the numerous representative farm workers in Rheiderland a roof over their heads. Geerd Hinderks, the builder of this house, possessed two hectares of land. He had most likely earned the money for the land from working in neighboring Holland.

 

Two sheep and a pig

Only once the peat in the colonial area had been removed down to the sandy soil could it become acreage in the culture. Two sheep, a pig and several chickens as well as a small vegetable garden supplemented the little earnings that would be earned here. Remodeling the building could not be considered for that reason. Once the last resident had died in the Seventies, the building that had hardly been modified since 1930 could ultimately be transferred, including its inventory, to the open-air museum.

 

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