Kåravik was originally a part of the farm Horneland. The name has been linked to the saga chief Horda-Kåre. What supports this theory is that the original name of Føyno coastal administration district was Kåravika coastal administration district.
As has been the case for Orninggård, the owners of Kåravika have been state employees, priests, customs officials, tax collectors and district recorders. Throughout the 1800s one district recorder followed another. It is from this time that the popular name, Skrivargarden, derives its origin. The state bought the farm as official residence for the district recorder in 1862, and it remained as such until the district recorder moved to Leirvik in 1914.
Private owners took over Kåravika in 1914. The property was partitioned out, partly into smaller farms, partly for summer residences for the well-to-do in Haugesund and Bergen.
The exterior of the main building is characterised by rehabilitations in the 1880s. “The Silver Stone”, located in the farmyard, is of some historic interest. It was on this stone that the tax collector flattened by hammer the old rural silver which the Stord inhabitants were obliged to hand in as capital for the new national bank in 1816.
- Går Herdis i brønnen?: Torborg Nedreaas (1906-1987) (1990). Norsk kvinnelitteraturhistorie. Bd 3, s. 118-125.