Culture and history in Audnedal

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The museum consists of a farming house from the early 1800's, with an "årestove" from the 1600's.
An "Årestove" is a traditional house with an open fireplace in the middle of the living room. The house
is built out of logs after the so-called "mandalske" living form.

Furniture and equipment is typical for
a 1900's home. The outhouse is interesting as well. It shows a special and rare construction method,
so-called drop walls.

The old post office
The old post office is located in Konsmo, and is an exciting place to visit. In the period 1839-1877 it
was the sheriffs' farm and the post office.

The master thief Ole Høyland was under arrest here. The jail
cell on the 3rd floos has been preserved, and is well worth a visit. Ole Høyland is known for 11 prison
breaks, and from stealing 64.000 thalers (silver coins) from the bank.
In the old post office you can see beautiful rose-painted furniture from the 1880's. Nearby there is a
courthouse. By the old post office you can find the "Barnevandrersenter". Here you can learn about child
migrants in Agder, and you can find supplies from the film 'Yohan - barnevandrer'. You learn about
pearl fishing in the Audna river, you meet a wolf and a bear, and you get to see two documentaries
about child migrants.

Child migrant paths in Konsmo
In 1830 – 1910 children from Indre Agder went to the rich villages in Aust-Agder to feed and do other
work during the summer. Several of the child migrant paths are marked on both the east and west of
Konsmo. It may be interesting to take a hike on these surprisingly tough routes. The path reminisces of
sad stories of separation and loss, yet it is a part of our recent story. You will find more information about
the path, maps, routes and more at

Konsmo church
Konsmo church is a cruciform church built of notched logs in 1802. The high tombstone at the entrance
to the cemetery was put there for the Eidsvoll man Omund Bjørnsen Birkeland.

Grindheim church
Grindheim church, built in 1783 is an attraction. The cruciform church is built of notched logs and
beautiful floral paintings by Tor Asbjørnsen. The basic motive is the famous "arkantusranken", which
is widely used in in folk art floral painting and wood carving.

Fortress, Bjorå at Åbestad
In the Skofteland area, there is a marked path to one of Vest-Agders finest and best preserved forts,
called 'Bjorå'. This is from the migrant period, between 200 and 600 AD. There is an information board
placed at the road between Åbestad and Skofteland.

Ytre Ågedal
In Ytre Ågedal, there has been made a lot of wonderful finds from the migration period. These are such
great findings that they highlight the farm as a center of power in 400 - 500. Some significant grave
findings from the later part of the Iron Age show that Ågedal was an important place in the Viking age.
Still, later in the middle age, we meet the farm as the secular center of "Arkdal tinghå", also called
"skipreide" (the area that has the responsibility to equip a warship)
Today, we know of 16 preserved burial mounds at Ågedal, but the name suggests that there have been
several more.

Øvre Flottorp molybdenum mine
During World War 1, more than 150 men worked in the mining area in Øvre Flottorp. You can still see
concrete walls, several tunnels and stone tips that will give you an impression on how the hunt for
molybdenum took place.
To get there, you can follow the 1,3 km long marked trail.
For more information, see