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Hjerl Hede

OH and I spent a very enjoyable at Hjerl hede.

A little about Hjerl hede, (taken from their website)

Hjerl Hede’s Open-Air Museum is an officially recognized privately funded theme-specific museum for cultural history. The museum was founded in 1930 by director H. P. Hjerl Hansen and was run by the Hjerl-foundation until 1979 after which the museum was separated from the foundation as a self-owned institution.

The museum consists of the Old Village, the Jutlandic Forestry Museum, and the Museum for Peat production. More than 50 different buildings can be seen at Hjerl Hede’s Open-Air Museum, showing the style of building and furnishing in the rural areas, as well as showing a number of elements which are characteristic for the surroundings of an old Danish village. Among these are the rural craftsmanship.

In the middle of the old village lies the village pond surrounded by farms, a blacksmith, a tavern, a school, a vicarage, a church, and a mill. Among the buildings you will find “Vinkelgården” – which is Denmark’s oldest farm. All farms and houses within the old village are furnished with furniture, kitchen, and textile from the old village societies. In order to show a varying and lively picture of the old Danish village communities, gardens which are characteristic of the period have been laid out at each building. The buildings’ surroundings have been recreated with fields, folds, dunghills, hen houses, and wells. The museum has a large livestock of old Danish breeds, like grey pied cattle, Danish sheep, Danish geese, turkeys, black-brindled (piebald) pigs, goats, and horses which are all a natural and original element in the village.

The Forestry Museum and the Museum for Peat Production illustrate humans’ utilisation of these two landscape types. In the Forestry Museum you can follow the path of the trees, from sprouting in the nursery to the processing of the large logs in the steam-sawmill. The Museum for Peat production shows how the peat mass was transformed into kneaded peat two generations ago. The kneaded peat was used as solid fuel in areas with hardly any trees.

Water mill

“Vinkelgården” –  Denmark’s oldest farm.

Peat bricks used for heating.

Timber mill with stream engine.

A viking and his wares

Geese walking though a danish town main street on their way to the slaughter house.


Just the sort of place that Karen and I would love to visit. I'm always fascinated by old mill workings.

Great pictures love the old time workings  

What a great looking place! Years ago we visited it was fascinating, the kids were about 5 and 9 so they spent the day in (loaned free) traditional Dutch costume, they had hundreds of photos taken as everyone thought they were part of the displays, there were some fantastic demos too - they even tried to teach me ropemaking!

Great place thanks for taking us there if only in photos

12 Bore, they also made rope at Hjerl hede, which you could buy, you could also buy bread, and cakes baked in an old brick oven in the bakery, hard boiled sweets  and mead in the store, planks from the timber mill.

It's about 20 yrs ago since we were last there, not much had changed, but was a nice sunny day, we took a picnic and really enjoyed our day.

Lovely place - thanks for sharing  

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