It was a man named Ferdinand Pettersson, born in 1875 at Djaupur on Fårö, who is said to have lived in the 30 sqm cottage.
His father was miller Johan Pettersson and mother Anna, born Andersson.
As a child, Ferdinand, also known as Nanten, helped mill owner Kristoffer Johansson with the work in the Butleks mill.
The mill on the other side of the road from the cottage was probably built during the latter part of the 19th century.
Ferdinand, bought the mill in 1900. Diary entries have been found that reveal that he could express himself well in writing, but it was said that he was hearing impaired, although some sources also said that he could both hear and speak.
Nanten ground both flour for bread and coarsely ground for the animals.
The mill was in use until the end of 1935 when Nanten fell ill with pulmonary tuberculosis. He died in 1938 at St. Olof’s Hospital in Visby. When Pettersson died of pulmonary tuberculosis, Fårö parish’s health care committee had his cabin burned down due to the risk of infection.
As Ferdinand had no relatives, the mill passed into the General Heritage Fund. The residents of Fårö then formed Fårö Hembygsförening in 1942 and bought the mill. The mill was restored and completed in 1974.
Fårö Hembygsförening has also had the cottage rebuilt, which was started in 2006.
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Feel free to bring your coffee basket or lunch and enjoy in the peace by the cottage. Remember to bring your rubbish from there!