Anna Elisabeth’s House; Kjerrinjøy Trading Post, Norway

If you have not been following us along from Bodø to Kjerringøy, you might want to! The past posts are just below! Today, we are going into Anna Elisabeth Zahl’s house at the Trading Post. Remember, ten years after her husband died, she married her store clerk, twenty-five years younger than her and together they were a powerhouse! They made enough money from the fishing trade to lead a life of luxury! The big sailing ships, coming from the South, brought all kinds of foodstuffs, equipment and needed materials to sell at the trading post. That also included wonderful items for Anna, including French wallpaper for her rooms…….. and many more luxuries! After the ships unloaded their goods, they loaded up the fish and headed south again. So, the Zahl’s made the money from the sale of the fish, owned the only store, and also supplied all the locals with their needs! They also ran the only licensed boarding house, of sorts, and the only liquor store……..The boarding house was a rest haven for the fishermen, who fished in waters much farther north. Here, they could rest up and liquor up, and purchase what they needed, before heading out to sea again.  I have a feeling this could have been a rough and ready place, don’t you? So, how did Anna Elisabeth live?  Remember, we are up past the Arctic Circle and to say this area is remote, is an understatement! Anna had the BIG house! She also managed the servants and workers, who worked in the house and in the different areas of the  trading post. She also had a nice garden……………. Today, the Trading Post is a replica of how she might have lived…….

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

and a very fancy door ………………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

She had lace curtains at her windows and a stunning view of the small harbor……………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

She had a dining room any woman would be proud of…………Look at that French wallpaper, and fancy candlesticks and lanterns!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

and a piano………..and carpets and rugs………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

The red curtains led into a library!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

There were multiple dining rooms, each fancier than the last………     She had fine china and outstanding colored walls with hand stenciling……..

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

She had this ornate cupboard and a water/coffee pot like no other!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

When it came to the dish room, for some reason my photo was in black and white……

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

There were also dated serving dishes………..

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

The rooms for the servants were small, but bright!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Anna Catherine Zahl House, Kjerringøy, Norway
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

This was one of the heat supplies! I liked all the color and the intricate trimmings in the rooms!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

Mr Zahl’s room was barren compared to Anna’s!………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

There was always room for more servants in Anna’s rooms!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

She had a stylish trunk……

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

and lots of tall, skinny doors that were tucked in here and there and went to other parts of the house.

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

There definitely was an office, a working, busy place…………I like the way the cubby hole could be shut off with the door and locked. Work and no play in this room!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

There was a flag chart of all the countries they did business with………and the type of ship…………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

Look at her medicine cabinet!

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

and the best views of everything…………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

These doors show the entrances to the servants part of the house and the boarding rooms………

Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)
Kjerringoy Trading Post: Hovedbygninga (Zahl Manor House)

Anna Elisabeth died in 1879, at age 78, when she fell down the stairs. Her husband, the former clerk, then married the head housekeeper. Erasmus Zahl died in 1900. At that time the business and its earning power had been on the decline since Anna Elisabeth’s death. She was the brains of the business and he was the brawn. Local merchant and politician, Gerhard Kristiansen, took over the business and ran it until his death in 1937. During that time it was purely for the locals. The big trading vessels no longer came. The Trading Post was discontinued in the 1950’s and the property was bought by the Nordland Museum in 1959. There had been no activity here for many years and the buildings were dilapidated. Today, the open-air museum is composed of fifteen buildings and restored to look like it was in days gone past.

Tomorrow, we will explore some of the other buildings on the property! There is a lot to see here!

10 Comments Add yours

  1. What great photos! It takes me back in time to when people valued these wonderful antiques, sets of china, and seats that propped you up for conversation. We may be missing out today, but none of us probably have houses furnished like this. Beautiful!

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    1. I would say mine might look similar! I love old stuff but over the last few years I have been updating! I have some really really old cupboards from early 1900’s I will never part with and I collect church pews!

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      1. We have a church pew that has been with us about 50 years! It’s held everything piled on it!!

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  2. Jo Shafer says:

    Typical of the late Victorian era but with a decidedly Scandinavian flavor with lace curtains and tall elegant stoves for heating. The one with the large tea kettle must have two burners installed, best I can tell. Those two arm chairs in front of the dining room window caught my eye; how comfortable for a tired old body like me. Of course, I always fall for blue & white dishes — and here they are! — along with tea pots. I could live here quite easily, especially with the picture view of the harbor.

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    1. Me too , but I have a feeling winter is not so warm as where I I’ve now! Ha ha!

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  3. Jo Shafer says:

    By the way, my daughter has a church pew in her house, too.

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    1. Had mine for many many many years! Trotted that thing all over the country!

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  4. What a really interesting story, accompanied by some wonderful photos. She must have been an amazing lady.

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    1. And living in harsh conditions and making the most of it!

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