There is a farmhouse on up the mountain from Trub, Switzerland that provided a hiding place for Anabaptists in that area. We drove on past Trub and Fankhaus and kept going up the mountain. Finally we reached this little farm. The building is typical for Switzerland as the house and the barn are in the same building. There are more buildings on the property.
The couple who lives there now have three children. Their ancestors owned this place and they are the ones who helped Anabaptists to hide from the Bernese authorities. The hiding place is described below. But this farm is also very close to the edge of Canton Bern and by running on up the hill behind the farm and crossing the line into Canton Lucerne. Authorities from Canton Bern were not allowed to cross the line into the next canton so it provided a safe place for people to escape.
This hiding place is unique. There is a new floor in place now to use as this is a working dairy farm. You see the long planks. One of them was hinged and when you jumped onto it, you would lowered into a small compartment below from which you would block the plank from coming down on whoever was chasing you. The description says that people would run in the barn over hay and suddenly disappear and the authorities could not find them even though they searched the whole building. There used to be a large smokehouse in the building and there were rooms constructed of heavy planks in which meat was hanging. This room was hidden among those rooms.
The smokehouse is evident rooms there on the right of the photo. It is now longer in use as a smokehouse today and is now part of the museum.
We entered in the big doors on the top floor. The house is on the lower level to the right. The hidden trap door was straight ahead against the rear wall of the barn. The barn is a part of a dairy farm and in use today. Hay and equipment are stored on the top floor as well as equipment from generations past. The couple has made this into a living farm museum. They remodeled rooms below the top floor to house more displays and have a unique museum here honoring the Anabaptists of this area and also their ancestors, the Fankhaus family.
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