Germund the stonecutter
The story behind the stone figure of the couple Gullstein is that Germund Knutsson Gullstein, who was married to Guri H. Gullstein, got into some trouble and fights in the village. Among other things, he was involved in the farmers' rebellion in Oslo. It turned out that it was best for him to get away from people and noise, also to avoid a large fine he received during the rebellion. He therefore decided to start a small farm on the land of Gullstein. This happens between 1739 and 1818.
Germund built himself a stone house, a barn and bought himself some cows. He was very good with stone and could build fences, roads and stone houses. You will still see part of the stone fences in the area. He has even received an award from the Danish Union for this.
To use up his time he also built a small road between Fossgard farm and Slåtto farm, this road was used a lot and was a perfect opportunity for Germund to keep up to date with news and buy goods. He also wanted his wife to use this path to be with him again.
Along this road you see a small stone fence that follows the road, this was probably a bit unusual at that time. There is also a stone carving by the ''chair''. It is easy to imagine that Germund sat here enjoying the sun while waiting for the traveling merchant to pass by.
He lived here for about 10 to 15 years, all year around, and in that time he also made a great sculpture of his wife and himself. It was originally in the barn, but the family later moved it to the place where he must have lived. In the remains of what must have been the barn, you will find an unusual cabinet in the wall and inscriptions from, among other things, 1946.
Along the road that Germund had made, there are also five coal pits and an iron mining plant from the Iron Age - Middle Ages, so it was not unusual for people to have lived here in the area. Closer to rpad 7 in the forest there are three more coal pits, but there must have been many more.
The coal made in the pits was either used for iron extraction or in the forge on the farm. In the entire Ustedalen area, there has been an unusually large amount of activity in iron extraction from bog ore in the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. Feel free to visit the Fekjo area if you want to discover more coal pits.
The many coal pits and iron mining facilities show that more iron was made than was needed locally. Pig iron was probably an important commodity for people in Ustedalen in the Iron Age and Middle Ages.
Show respect for this historic area, leave no traces, do not destroy memories for the future.