In the winter of 1879, Jürg Jebsen and his son Jens Johannes travelled from the west coast of Norway towards the capital to find the right location for their next textile factory. Having established factories outside Bergen, the well-connected and industrious Jebsens were looking to expand in areas closer to the profitable markets in eastern Norway and Sweden. Their eyes were initially set on Oslo and Drammen, the most developed urban areas in the region, but the plan changed when they stopped in Holmestrand and crossed the frozen fjord to spend the night at Berger farm.