The most characteristic feature of the Finnish homestead is the sauna (pronounced "sow-na"), a place for family and friends to share what they considered to be the "well spring" of life and health. To Finnish homesteaders, the sauna was more than a bath house. It was also used for washing and drying clothes, baking and cooking, butchering and smoking meat and even as a spare bedroom for guests. The sauna was typically the first building built on the farmstead where the family lived until the "big house" was built.
The log sauna of Erick and Kristina Elizabeth Nelimark, built in the 1930's, was the largest sauna in the Embarrass community. It was a simple little structure, easy to build with poplar or pine logs readily available in the surrounding forests. The Nelimark sauna was built with hand-hewn log walls joined in the corners with double-notch joints (ristinurkka or sahanurkka).
National Register of Historic Places
Erected by Northeast Minnesota: The Wild North.
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Location. 47° 39.763′ N, 92° 11.751′ W. Marker is in Embarrass, Minnesota, in Saint Louis County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Salo Road and Highway 21. On grounds of Nelimark Homestead Museum, east of the farmhouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4839 Salo Road, Embarrass MN 55732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alma Norha Playhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Embarrass Co-op (approx. 0.3 miles away); Apostolic Lutheran Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hanka Homestead (approx. 1.9 miles away); Longyear Drill Site (approx. 8.2 miles away); Edmund J. Longyear (approx. 8.3 miles away); This Piece of Rock (approx. 8.3 miles away); First Diamond Drill Hole in the State of Minnesota (approx. 8.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Embarrass.
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