Frejlev
14. januar 2017
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Frejlev Wood along the coast of Guldborgsund east of the little village, Frejlev.

The small wood has been common property of the farmers in Frejlev at least since the beginning of the 1600th century. This was very unusual at the time where all forests belonged to the king and nobility. Allegedly Queen Margareth 1st gave the wood to the farmers in return for their help in seizing a local manor house. Today the wood is divided into lots – one for each farm in Frejlev.
There is a multitude of prehistoric relics here – all protected. You can find 5 passage-tombs, about 13 dolmens, and more than 100 Bronze Age burial mounds. The wood is open to the public.

Visit the Info-Café in Nysted to get a leaflet with a map of the wood.
 
The Broke-back-stone
At the far end of Enghavevej in Frejlev Enghave this big pointed stone is found in the middle of the meadow facing Guldborgsund. According to legend the Broke-back-stone got its name from an incident here back in 1533. The bailiff of Aalholm Castle tried to prevent the farmers from letting their pigs run freely in their wood. This made the Frejlev farmers so angry that together they caught the bailiff and killed him by breaking his back over the stone. Contemporary documents verify that the murder was committed, but somehow the farmers managed to avoid severe punishment. The story about the Skalkekors tells you how…

Skalkekorset - The Cheaters’ Cross
On the south side of Enghavevej east of Frejlev village you find a white cross with an inscription and a date, 1533. It was erected by order of the King to commemorate not so much the murder of the bailiff but the cheating farmers, who tried to escape paying the 12 white oxen with red ears they were fined. The oxen were to be driven to Aalholm Castle before a certain date, but the farmers found it impossible to find so many white oxen with red ears. The last two were all white! The creative farmers decided to paint the ears of the last two oxen red, and off they went towards Aalholm. Unfortunately it started to rain on the way, so their cheating was disclosed.

There is a circle of stones around the cross each with the name of a farm in Frejev of that time. Though the farm houses have been rebuilt several times since then, these names can still be found on many of the farms in and around Frejlev.