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  • Our Lemko ancestors built their homes in long ribbons along roads and streams below their Carpathian foothills. Their houses were built by the rivers, forests and fields which sustained them. The forests provided logs for simple wooden structures with sharply pitched roofs of straw or wooden shingles. The logs were chinked with bark, clay and grass. The logs were then protectively coated with dark oil and the surfaces between them whitewashed.

    The roof typically covered the entire rectangular living space and stables enabling the peasants to care for their animals through the harsh winters. Interior whitewashed walls were renewed for the cleansing rituals of their holy days. Frequent whitewashing was necessary as stoves were without chimneys and walls became blackened. Homes were embellished with traditional folk motifs often featuring flowers and foliage. Some of these designs were purely decorative in nature. Others protected the home and those within it from evil and disaster.

    Photographs of houses from visits and skansens (outdoor museums) are included on this site. We are particularly fortunate to have an example of a Pielgryzymka home from the Sanok skansen as well as its floor plan.
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