Parkvoll is known as the bailiff’s house, Lensmannsgården, by the locals. Even though Knut Hamsun was once a bailiff’s constable in Bø, he probably never set foot in Parkvoll. He stayed at the Roligheden farm just across the Vågen.
The history of Parkvoll is still quite exciting. People have been living on such an attractive site since time unknown The entire farmyard is built on an old farm mound, and if you look out to sea to the northwest you can see Svinøya island. There are many grave out there from 300-600 years A.D. People must have lived around Parkvoll then, and many many years before that.
We know for certain that the house burned down in 1875. The owner was John Johnsen, a well-to-do fisherman. The building was quickly rebuilt after the fire. A doctor named Eliot Rüsing Parkvoll purchased the property in 1894. After that the property was acquired by the Lofoting Peder Fredriksen. It burned down once again in 1907 but was rebuilt once again, which is the house we see here today. There have been some extensions added since then to make it the marvellous estate it is today, including the exciting Solrommet, the summer room, to the south. One does not need much fantasy to see bailiff Mortensen entertaining guests in this fantastic room.
Parkvoll allows us to see how the well-to-do lived, but the rich collection of everyday objects also gives us an impression of what daily life was like for most people. The old shoemaking equipment, carpentry tools, a kitchen that will remind many people of their childhood, agricultural equipment, a number of old boats and fishing gear – you should plan a little extra time to absorb everything. Time seems to have nearly stopped at Parkvoll.