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Finnstuen was settled well after the “Black Death”. It wasn’t mentioned in the matrikkelen in 1667 and it wasn’t until the skatteliste from 1690 that we find people living at Finnstuen.

Rugh believes that Finnstuen was named after a man by the name of Finn, however local legend states that the name comes from a Finnish man who lived on the farm. The king owned the farm until 1727, when he sold it to Lietenant Andreas Heide. Ole Julson and Brynhild Jonsdatter were living here as early as 1700.

Finnstuen is located on the southern end of the Etnedal valley, next to Nordre Land Kommune following the Etna river. This farm was a relatively big unit, but mostly forestland.

In the years 1790 - 1812 the farm was divided and sold several times. In this period the owner of the Lunde farm, Ole Andersson, bought all the farms available in his neighbourhood, including Finnstuen. Some years later he had to sell most of these units and Finnstuen was sold to Maslangrud.

Belonging to Finnstuen was a husmannsplass called Kaso. Local legend has it that there is silver in the stonehill above Kaso, called Tinton. Shareholding companies have been founded two times, in an attempt of starting mining Tinton, once in 1903 and again in 1970. No silver has been found to date.

Sources: Gard og Bygde i Etnedal Book C, page 415


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