Gamle Eidsfoss - The environment and attraction around the old ironworks in Vestfold

Gamle Eidsfoss - The environment and attraction around the old ironworks

Cultural history environment from Eidsfoss Verk (1697). Today, Eidsfoss is a unique living heritage museum with about 20 well-preserved buildings from the period 1700-1920. Industrial museum/iron stove production etc. and post office museum.

In 1979 “Stiftelsen Gamle Eidsfos” (The Old Eidsfos Foundation) is established, aiming to preserve and breathe new life into the old ironworks community. The houses are saved. Protected main farm/garden layout (1750). 25 workman's houses worthy of protection. At Eidsfoss you will also find industrial heritage exhibitions, a general store, Gamle Eidsfos Kro (tavern), overnight accommodations. Main building serves meals, function rooms. Inn. Various events during the summer. Knife and music festivals at Whitsun. Industrial heritage collection. Industrial historycollections and the Post Office Museum. Picturesque surroundings near the Eikeren. The tourist boat MS Eikern during the summer. Licensed restaurant. Sightseeing boat on Eikeren Lake. Festivals/arrangements. Guided tours.

Old Eidsfos, old iron work community
Gamle Eidsfos, gammelt jernverkssamfunn Buildings
N-3095 Eidsfoss, Eidsfoss Tourist Information Office
Tel: (+47) 33 05 71 35.
Fax: (+47) 33 05 72 55.

Hof kulturkontor
Tel: (+47) 33 05 95 40.
Fax: (+47) 33 05 95 15.

Attraction Around Gamle Eidsfos, (Old Eidsfos)

Gamle Eidsfos, (Old Eidsfos) consisting of Bråtagata, Hauane and Gata, as well as the Manor House (Hovedgården) and the works area, is an industrial site of unique historical importance. The around 25 buildings most likely represent the best preserved ironworks community in Norway. The ironworks and industrial town of Eidsfoss were founded in 1697 by General Caspar Herman Hausmann, member of the the Privy Council (Cabinet) and later a general.

He was half-brother of Norway’s Governor Ulrik Fredrik Gyldenløve. For generations, Eidsfoss was a living, independent community, in many ways a state within a state. There were a number of reasons why this small industrial town went into a severe decline, one of them being major centralisation efforts implemented in the 1960s and 1970s. Stiftelsen Gamle Eidsfos (The Old Eidsfos Foundation) was established in 1979 and took the initiative to preserve the town and breathe new life into it.

1. Bråtagata (18~20th century) – workers’ houses.
2. The steamer “Stadshauptmand Schwartz” (1903).
3. Eidsfoss Industrial History Collections / Museum.
4. The works / factory area.
5. The power station (1915).
6. The baths (1915).
7. The Hall - a community hall (1907).
8. The engine shed, Tønsberg-Eidsfos railway (1901-1938).
9. The Church (1904).
10. Manor house (Hovedgården) and garden (1750).
11. The Office – now Eidsfos Motel (1910).
12. Hauane (18~20th century) – workers’ houses.
13. Gata (18~20th century) – workers’ houses.
14. Bettum Workshop – a smithy / model workshop (1770) and Stabbur-Bekken (19th century).
Attraction Around Gamle Eidsfos, (Old Eidsfos), old iron work community

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