Barrahûs was in the early middle ages a dependency of the monastery of
Bergum. In later times this was a place of important Governmental meetings.
The later famous Viglius van Aytta was born here in the year of 1507. The
place was many times destroyed by the inhabitants of Leeuwarden and also by
gangs of robbers.
There is a "once upon a time" about Barrahûs telling the following story:
It was on a late dark evening, the weather was bad, the wind squalled
through the high trees around the farm and the rain swept the windows. The
farmer, his family and the servants, were sitting around the table having
their evening meal, meanwhile listening to the storm.
Someone was bouncing the door and the farmer went to see who it was. It was
a stranger, a woman, she asked for some food and hospitality for that
night. The visitor however was a man dressed as a woman, trying to get into
the farm and when everybody was asleep he would let in his fellow bandits
to kill and rob the farmer and his folks. The farmer though did not trust
the stranger and he used an old trick to find out if she was really a woman.
After the meal he threw an apple to each of the party sitting in the
circle. The male putting their knees together, but the female spreading the
knees out to catch the apple in their lap. The villain caught out in the
farmer's trap and squeezed his knees together. Then the farmer and his
servants overpowered the man and gave him such a treatment that he and his
friends never intended to try it again.
"The soldier of Barrahûs" is another story connected to Barrahûs:
There is a small statue the farmer put in his garden in
honour of a soldier who saved his live and possessions.
Statue of the famous "Soldier of Barrahûs".