The Norwegian Stabbur

The Norwegian Stabbur, a Norwegian storage house, was built by members of
the Sons of Norway, Fjell Heim Lodge 524.

In Norway the stabbur was a storehouse. It contained clothes, food, supplies, seasonal tools and many other items. A family farm could have several stabburs.

The building was supported by four wooden or stone posts, each shaped into point and set back approximately 12 inches back from the edge. The post shape prevented mice from getting into the building. The buildings were also set a distance away from the main building to prevent mice and other animals leaping from roof top to roof top and then entering the stabbur.

The stabbur was locked and the wife of the landowner kept the keys. One could tell how wealthy a family was by the number of keys on the woman’s belt.

The building houses rotating exhibits as well as permanent displays.

Our stabbur pays tribute to the deep Norwegian roots in Sweet Grass County.

The immigrants embraced America, but a portion of their heart always belonged to Norway.