Welcome to Åsens by

Åsens by Culture Reserve is an example of what a Småland village looked like 100 years ago, with small fields enclosed by fences. Horses are used for some of the farm work.

The reserve is open all year around, free entrance.

Open Coffee shop/Reception/Info-centre, the store and Teklas house

29/4 - 22/6 Saturdays, Sundays, holidays 11 - 17
23/6 - 6/8 Daily 11 - 17
7/8 - 3/9 Saturdays, Sundays 11 - 17
 


Youth Hostel, Åsens by

The Culture Reserve

THE HISTORY OF ÅSENS BY

The first written document of Åsen is from 1455. It may have compriced of two farms. Åsen is mentioned for the first time in the Land Record in 1542, containing two freehold farms.
A map from 1794 shows the boundaries of Åsen. A economic map from 1954 shows that the village has been farmed in the same way for at least 150 years.

THE RESERVE

The farm Norrgården was previously owned by the church. In 1993 Södergården were added to the domains. The church started extensive restorations of the farm. They also restored the land which was overgrowned.
In 1994 the innerfields were divided into three separate properties, each aproximately 35 hectares big.
In 1997 the municipality of Aneby bougt the properties and created a natural reserve. In the year of 2000 it became a cultural reserve.

Most of the buildings in the reserve are used for different activities. But Teklas house, Teklas barn, and the privy is in it´s original state.

THE ANIMALS AT ÅSENS BY

The animals is as much as possible old or threatened Swedish breeds. You will find the Väne cattle, the Dala päls sheep, the Gotland rabbit, the Linderöd pig and the Öland hen.
The reserve work together with the native breed association and the Swedish gene bank to ensure the survival of teh different breeds.

CULTIVATION

At Åsens by differnt kind of old cereals are grown. Seeds are saved each year to be used in next years sowing. Since 2007 the farming is organic (KRAV cerified) to recreate the farming as it vas around the year 1900.
Crop rotation is used in the farming and there are both singel- and triple crope areas in accorance with old cultivating traditions.
The cultivating of the farm is partly carried out by using horses. 

THE AIM OF ÅSENS BY

The aim of Åsens by is to use farming methods used between 1900 to 1920 in all the fields, meadows and pastures. Old cattle paths and traditional fencing with split rails are maintained. Part of the forest are managed by the selection cutting method.

Many children today lack the link to the era of self sufficiensy farming. The most activities at Åsens by are therefore aimed at demonstrationg old tradions and giving the children and youth a insight how people lived and worked then.

The acitivies are  at Åsen by take place outdoors all year around. The acivities contains of a presention of the animals, visiting the fields and the forrest or the Activity Center.

MANAGEMENT

The reserve is owned and managed by The Åsens By Culture Reserve Foundation.

Management, cultivation and animal breeding are financed with fonds from the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Aneby Municipality. The cafe, youth hostel and conferences center are self financed.

FIND OUT MORE

Take a leaflet and walk around the cultural landscape on your own or join a guided tour.

OUR VISITING HOURS

The reserve is open all year around. There is no entry fee. The farm museum and Teklas hous are normally open during weekdays.

Visitors are allowed to walk freely along the roads, paths and experience the countryside and the village as
it was during the beginning of 1900s.

Some things are not permitted:
• entering sown fields,
• walk through meadows tha are not mown,
• dig up plants, pick plants and fungi,  
• catch or collect insects or animals,
• light fires other than in the places we have grills,
• drive or park cars inside the reserve,
• put up tents, park caravans or campers,
• having animals without a leash







Film about Åsens by