Land of Hayracks

The hill toplar from Prelesje

The hill toplar from Prelesje

The hill toplar from Prelesje

The hill toplar (double hayrack) stood on a hill at the Šalehar homestead in Prelesje. It boasts three pairs of “štanti” and was built in 1958 by Martin Urana, the foreman of Janko Gregorčič’s party (group) of carpenters. There had previously been another kozolec (hayrack) on the spot, however, it burnt down in 1957. The locals recall how the whole village worked, unsuccessfully, to put out the fire. The “Hill” homestead was a large farm – some 17 hectares. An interview with Amalija Šalehar, conducted by Marija Makarovič in 1961, showed the family to be considerably wealthy.

The name of the homestead, “Hill”, comes from the location. “It’s probably ‘cause it was at the top of the hill. She was ‘Hill Justa’.” The men and women of the homestead were hard workers. The locals reveal: “They [the women] always had two horses and they, you know, harnessed them into the wagon and took all the feed, the hay, loaded it all by themselves and brought great wagonloads up the hill.”

The kozolec is said to be unfinished. It was roofed with clay.

The hill toplar is 8.4 m wide, 15.3 m long, and 7 m tall.