The area around Hartvigsgård has long been the heart of Grisbacka village.
In the mid-1700s, Sheriff Nordendahl owned several farm buildings. When, in accordance with the Royal Majesty’s resolution of 1766, Umeå parish was ordered to procure farms and provide them with good, satisfactory furnishings for the officers of the Västerbotten regiment, county treasurer Martin Sandström purchased Nordendahl’s farms as housing for the staff captain of the lieutenant colonel’s company.
Captain Johan Hartvig von Schmilau was the first resident. He had the farm until 1772.
As of 1841, Hartvig’s farm was no longer used as captain’s housing and became the home of regimental scribe H.J. Leander until his death in 1850. The Crown then leased the farm to various people.
With the land reform of 1908, the Crown required that the buildings be moved to the property on Grisbacka meadow. The Hartvigsgården plot was designated as community land for a school building.
In 1910, the villagers sold Hartvigsgård to the Umeå country parish school board and three years later, the first ever new municipal school opened for students at Grisbacka. The school was in use until 1959. The old schoolhouse is used today as the “Hartan” recreation centre.