About the Museum

A quadrilateral peasants' house at Starkowo 13 was built in the early 19th century. You can see "1832" inscribed on the gatehouse beam, as well as decorative motifs indicating the owner and the carpenter. The cowshed, barn and gatehouse were made in frame construction, while the brick house dates back to 1902.

The farm belonged to the family Hofmeister. It was a frequent name in Starkowo, which might mean they could have common ancestors. Twenty families from the village were documented to have lived here since the beginning of the 16th century. At the beginning of the 1930s they were honoured with handcrafted oak plaques. Otto Hoffmeister also received one; his family had lived in the village since 1569.

In 2010 - 2014 we came up with the idea to rebuild the farm and open the herring museum. Since 2010, we have systematically renovated the house and the farm with only one goal - to re-create the activity of the village of Starkowo and get the community of the Checkered-House Land involved. We have aimed at rebuilding the Farm to create a living document of the past: the families who lived here before us, the history of Starkowo and the vicinity of Ustka, and the people, so strongly dependent on the Baltic sea. And all that, combined with bringing back to life the old recipes (baked bread, smoked fish, fruit preserves) and with respect to the architectural heritage, in order to create a place for you to find refuge from the hustle and bustle of the everyday life.

We invite you to visit the Herring Bed & Breakfast and enjoy herring in various guises.