National Geographic : 1934 Jul
COUNTRY-HOUSE LIFE IN SWEDEN © Aero Materiel A. B. TO SKARHULT'S TOWERS CLING ROMANCE AND IVY In parts of this great house, built long before Plymouth was settled, the windows remain at an angle as they originally were placed to facilitate shooting from them. The farm buildings and gardens, with their geometrical box hedges, are among the finest in Sweden. The present young owner has become an expert in the history of art, and has specialized in research on country houses (see Color Plate V, lower). of a joke, sunnier and with more savor than the rest of the Swedes. But they are able and brave, too-Charles Lindbergh's fam ily came from that province. Big country houses lie all along the sea coasts of southern Sweden, and still thicker in Vastergotland, so rich in ancient memo rials, south of Lake Vinern. On the north ern side of the lake is Varmland, whose old family legends and traditions have been made known far outside the boundaries of Sweden by Selma Lagerlof's poetical de scriptions (see Color Plate VIII). But most of the great country houses of central Sweden, and the finest, are to be found in the provinces which abut on long Lake Malaren, at whose exit to the sea Stockholm lies.* It was there especially that the primeval people of Svea lived; thence sprang Rurik, who laid the foundations of Russia, and the Vikings who ravaged the Mediterranean coasts; and it was there that Christianity was first introduced into Sweden. Foundations and a few massive stone houses still survive from this long-vanished time, and in certain cases the same family * See "The Granite City of the North (Stock holm)," by Ralph A. Graves, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, October, 1928.