The last stop was at the manor Gunillaberg just outside of Bottnaryd, Jönköping County, Småland.


The manor building was built somewhere during the second half of the 17th century by Johan Prinz (1592-1663). Johan Prinz is perhaps best known for his time as governor of the Swedish colony New Sweden, Delaware, USA during 1642-1653. He later on became commandant for the castle of Jönköping (1657-1663) and county governor for Jönköping County (1658-1663).


The manor is built in the Karolin style, named after the Karolin era, 1654-1718 during the regency of King Karl X Gustav, Karl XI and Karl XII. On of the trait of the style are the strict symmetries.

left wing

The left wing

The main building is more or less unchanged and it built by timber. There are also many interesting details indoors, as the hand painted tapestry from the 18th century. The two wings were built in the 18th century.

A beautiful older farm building at Gunillaberg.

The sundial is from 1796 and made out of marble from Kolgården and was an edition by the owner at the time, Carl Axel Lilliecreutz.


A beautiful building that by the way is for sale.

Magnus Reuterdahl


About Magnus Reuterdahl

I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

4 responses to “Gunillaberg

  • Gunilla C. Gillespie


    I came across this article and was interested in that fact that you stated Gunillaberg is for sale. As your article is not dated, I wonder when you wrote it. I knew it was for sale two years ago….but had not followed if it sold.

    Great article. What does “Testimony of A Spade”.

    Thank you in advance for your response with blessings. GG

  • Magnus Reuterdahl


    you are right it was a while ago Gunillaberg was for sale. The buyer was Danish artist Tage Andersen known for his sculptures and art using flowers, trees and such. He intend, if I understand it right, to hold art exhibits there during the summer time.

    The post was originally published April 14 2008 and I think that the sale was made a few months after that.

    Thanks for your response!


    Magnus Reuterdahl

  • Alfred Nicolosi

    Hej Magnus,

    Great photos of Gunillaberg.

    I am developing a program about Johan Printz for the Philadelphia-based Swedish Colonial Society, a non-profit educational and cultural organization. (see our website Click on Publications, Newsletters.

    The Spring 2005 issue contains a good article by Amandus Johnson written for the 1938 Tercentenary. (“The Stones Speak” Stenarna Tala)

    I’d like to include your photos of Gunillaberg in a power point presentation about Printzhof with your permission.

    They will not be published . It’s for educational purposes only

    Also interested in learning more about projects you are involved with.

    • Magnus Reuterdahl


      welcome to my blog and thanks for you’re comment.

      You’re welcome to use the pictures that you need; if you would want any in a higher resolution please send me a mail inveterate[at delete_this]hotmail[dot]com and I’ll see if I can find the original photos.

      At present I work at private firm that do work all over Sweden, small as well as large, which include surveys for ancient and historic remains, studies of information in databases and historic maps as well as excavations. On this blog update on what and where I currently work, but for now all of Sweden is embedded in snow so its mainly report writing and such that’s on the schedule.

      If it is a certain part of Sweden that interest you or if you have any questions please send me a mail and I’ll see what I can do for you.

      Best wishes

      Magnus Reuterdahl

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