This stabbur is a replica of a
storehouse from a farm near Telemark, Norway. The original
was built about 1775. This replica was constructed in
Norway. It was then disassembled and shipped to Minot where
it was reconstructed in 1990.
Trunks with clothing and valuables were stored on the upper
floor. Food and commodities were stored on the ground floor.
Water and rodents were the biggest enemies in a storehouse.
Stilts raised the floor level, the wooden steps did not come
into contact with building to reduce the possibility of
rodent infestation and meat/cheese was hung from the
According to the Norwegian folklore each farmstead has a
Christmas gnome living in their stabbur. The Christmas gnome
brings gifts for well-behaved children. But if the gnomes
are not well-looked after, they can play tricks on people.
Some people put out a bowl of rice porridge sprinkled with
sugar and cinnamon to keep their barn gnome happy, much like
children today leave out cookies for Santa.