Hut from Rozkochów

Drewniana chałupa nakryta słomą stojąca pod lasem.

This 1813 hut comes from Rozkochów. In its hallway is a workshop for the production of wax candles, consisting of a large wheel with hooks for 50 wicks on which hot wax was poured. After that, candles were shaped and smoothened while still soft. In the room with the clay floor notable is a big stove on the right side. Its older part has an open hearth and a hood discharging smoke to the attic. The more modern part has a closed hearth covered with an iron top with hotplates. Next to the stove is a low bench used for daily meals eaten from a shared bowl.

Opposite the stove is the ‘sacred corner’ with religious pictures and a table covered with a white tablecloth. In those huts where only one room was available, the life of the entire family focused here throughout the autumn and winter months. Women gathered here to pluck feathers and spin flax on a distaff. Calves were kept near the stove if the winter was harsh. Deep into the room, there is a chamber behind the door where equipment and tools for food preparation as well as food reserves were stored. Cheeses and butter were particularly diligently processed to be sold at a market and the money earned in this manner was spent on kerosene or matches. A stable with a separate entrance adjoins the dwelling. There is a manger, troughs for the pigs and a perch for hens inside.

In the immediate vicinity of the house stands the bell for the Angelus – a reconstruction of the mid-19th-century belltower from Rozkochów used at fixed times when the bell was rung for a prayer or an alarm in villages with no church.


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