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Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien on the 20th march 1828. His father
Knud Ibsen ran a varied business in the towns market square
and owned a large distillery. Knud Ibsen was for a number of years
one of Skiens highest taxpayers.
In 1833, Henrik Ibsens father bought Venstøp farm
on the outskirts of Skien as a summer home for the family. However,
just two years later he ran into financial disaster. He was forced
to sell everything he owned by auction but managed to keep Venstøp.
The family moved there in 1835. More...