Soldattorpet open again – fine walk from Sporrakulla
The smallholding is beautifully situated beside Farlången lake. When Rodatorpet is open, that is, on Sundays, the bar closing the road from Sporrakulla is lifted too.
Skåneleden passes close by, and so does a path from Sporrakulla.
”Painting doesn't take long, we can do it in a day”Björn Jönsson, Stiftelsen Rodatorpet
Rhythmic hammering can be heard from nearby. It is Björn Jönsson, a committee member of Stiftelsen Rodatorp, who is busy repairing planks.
– Some of them are rotten, they have to be replaced, he says.
He works on his own.
– There isn't enough work for more people, he says.
– Then it's easy just to talk.
In 1818 the first soldier, Truls Klavér, moved in. But he was beaten to death one winter when he went to fetch his Christmas schnapps.
The system with what is known as 'rote smallholdings,' or crofts, was instituted more than 300 years ago by the king. The soldiers were given a croft to live on, a so-called rote croft.
A rote consisted of a number of crofts which gave the soldier an income and was responsible for the upkeep of the croft.
The system of rote crofts was abolished in 1901. In the 1940s Rodatorpet was moved to the regiment at Näsby. In 2003 it was moved back again.
He shows us some old nails he has pulled out of old planks..
– They're 80 years old, and handwrought. Although they don't sit so well in old planks, he says.
It smells of tar.
– We spread it under the planks. And in summer we'll give the outside corners a coat of tar too, he says.
The smallholding will also be painted in the traditional red colour.
– Painting doesn't take long, we can do it in a day.
This year Rodatorpet will be open on Sundays until the end of August, between 1 and 5 pm, with a guide to show you round.
Read more at rodatorpet.se