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Some 150 historically interesting houses and farmsteads have been moved to Skansen over the years. The Vastveit Storehouse is the oldest building, dating from 14th century Norway. It is the only non-Swedish building at Skansen. The houses and farmsteads include an 18th century wooden church, a village hall, a manor house and a cottage for indentured farm labourers. Two allotment huts from Stockholm – one representing the 1920s and the other the 1940s – are the latest addition. They were moved to Skansen in 1997.

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The town quarter consists principally of buildings from Stockholm that were moved to Skansen during the 1920s and 1930s. They illustrate urban life in Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries and include both dwellings and workshops. There is a pottery, an engraver’s workshop, a shoemaker’s shop and a bakery, for example. At the beginning of the 1990s a small industrial area was added with factories from the early 20th century. There are historical intepreters in the houses and farmsteads wearing period dress. They can explain to visitors how people lived in earlier times and they demonstrate traditional activities such as spinning, weaving, knitting and other crafts.

Seglora Church This wooden church from the western Swedish province of Västergötland dates back to the early 18th century, and is used for weddings, christenings and church services at Skansen. The ornate ceiling frescos were painted in 1734–1735. Other interesting details include the pulpit, which came from an earlier church on the same spot, and the oil painting above the altar. The organ
is in its original condition, and dates from 1777.

The Älvros Farmstead The Älvros Farmstead shows what life was like at a farmstead in Härjedalen in northern Sweden. Here, the main way of life involved cattle breeding. The soil tended to be poor, and was suitable for growing barley. Forestry was another important part of the economy, and people lived in close proximity to wild animals such as bears, wolves and elk.

The Delsbo Farmstead In the central Swedish province of Hälsingland, flax was grown at many farmsteads. This provided a raw material for beautiful textiles and for versatile linseed oil, bringing in extra money. The Delsbo Farmstead has magnificent wall paintings and rooms for entertaining and guests. Nearby are the Flax Mill and the Fulling Mill, which were used in the demanding work of producing linen thread and woollen cloth.

The Mora Farmstead and the summer pasture farm The Mora Farmstead shows how farmers lived in Dalarna. It includes the farmhouse, a cottage for older people, stables and a storehouse for food and clothing that was also used for sleeping in during the summer. Here, people carried out small-scale farming and cattle breeding. In the summer, the cattle were led up to the summer pasture farm, where the girls used the creamy summertime milk to make cheese and butter.

Skogaholm Manor Skogaholm was built up over the course of several centuries into a mill and manor estate in Närke, in western central Sweden. Here, the family produced metalwork goods such as tools, horseshoes, shovels and spades, and could afford to live in a manor house. Fruit and vegetables for the household were grown in the kitchen garden, and in the kitchen wing you can see how an upper class family’s meals were prepared.

Green Skansen

There are cultivated beds and gardens round the buildings and farms, appropriate to the period and social class of the occupants. Hayfields, grazing meadows, a field of crops and other elements of agriculture show how the self-supporting house-holds made use of the land. There are gardens and vegetable plots in the town quarter too. Skansen also has a traditional herb garden and a magnificent rose garden.