Sigdal locals know how to look after their history! Enthusiasts in the local community keep the mill operating every weekend throughout the summer. Closed for the season, see you next year.
The watermill, millstone and saw are driven by hydropower. The menfolk take care of maintenance and repairs and grind the corn at a high rate. And if you want to take your flour home with you, then please feel free. The timber is pushed towards the three saw blades and cut into planks in a cascade of sawdust and teeming water that drives the machinery. See the corn transformed into flour and the timber logs into planks!
The sawmill was important to the farmers in Eggedal. They had previously had to travel further south to grind their corn. This was quite a distance and also time consuming in the middle of the harvest season.
The farmers took matters into their own hands and formed a private limited company in 1910 in order to build their own mill. With a share capital of NOK 12,150 the mill was built and equipped and, on 29 March 2012, the first sack of corn was ground. The mill shut down in 1965. It was sold to Sigurd Tveiten, who had established a private museum in Eggedal. He bequeathed the mill and surrounding four acres to Sigdal municipality. The area, which comprises 10 houses, includes Grimesaga –a gate saw from 1900, a flour mill from the 18th century, a well-equipped school building from 1863, Basolstua – the house belonging to Per Basol the village’s rose painter and an old wash house with a brick baker’s oven.