1814 was a remarkable year in Norwegian history. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, Norway ceased to be a province of Denmark – after nearly 450 years – and was forced into a union with Sweden. Norway was allowed to have its own constitution, the world’s most liberal at the time. Peder Anker, the owner of Bogstad Manor and his son-in-law Grev Wedel Jarlsberg were closely involved in the process, and the house was the venue for many political discussions. In November 1814, adinner meeting was held at Bogstad, at which the Swedish Crown Prince Karl Johan – later to become King of Sweden and Norway – was present in an attempt to constitute the first Norwegian Parliament. Peder Anker was appointed Norway’s first Prime Minister, and his son-in-law GrevWedel Jarlsberg was given the position of Minister of Finance.
The Special Events Committee invites you to join us at Bogstad Gård for a guided tour of the manorwith special emphasis on the Marble Exhibition in the new east wing.
Bogstad Manor is beautifully situated on the Bogstad lake in Sørkedalen. The history of the estate dates back to 1649. Today’s house is from 1780 with interiors almost unchanged from that age. It was owned and lived in until 1955 by the prominent families Leuch, Anker and Wedel Jarlsberg, who not only ran the estate with its timber and iron industry, but who also engaged in politics both locally and nationally. Today, the estate is owned by Bogstad Trust and managed by the Norwegian Folk Museum.
We are proud to have Ellen Bjørnebye, member of the International Forum, as our guide both at the manor house and the exhibition Marmorvariasjonene (variations of marble).
After the tour, we have the opportunity to sit down in Café Grevinnen for refreshments. Please indicate if you would like to stay for a coffee so that we can reserve some tables for our group.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 26 at 11:45 (for 12:00)