The Bekkum Homestead seeks to recreate a typical Norwegian immigrant farm at the turn of the 20th century. The homestead consists of a two-story house, summer kitchen, spring house, corn crib, granary, outhouse, chicken coop, machine shed, tobacco shed, stable, barn, and blacksmith’s shop. The buildings are arranged in the traditional Norwegian shape called a ‘tun’ and filled with artifacts donated by local families.
It was in 1982 that original log and timber buildings began to be moved to Norskedalen from neighboring farms in an effort to preserve and restore them. This effort was accomplished through the support of Owen and Dorothy Bekkum and through the work of volunteers who put countless hours into restoring each of the historic buildings.
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