HO WE ARE?
In the 1950`s very much happened in Visseltofta, which then was its own Municipality. A new school was built and the old one was a perfect location as a meeting place. In 1951 Visseltofta Village Hall Association was founded. Almost 30 years later it changed name to Visseltofta History Association, as it is today.
WHAT WE DO? We arranges historical tours around the parish. We document our heritage and publish local history books! Please look at our collection called BYGDEN BERÄTTAR. We also taking care of the village people and their interests, for ex. arrange an Christmas Market in the Village Hall! Your Welcome to our site and Visseltofta village!
Visseltofta - an old parish
in northern Scane in southern Sweden (about 130 km north of Malmoe). The parish church is from around 1200th century but has since undergone significant change. The parish is divided into two land pieces by the River Helgea. It is mainly because of the river that the village was founded. The oldest colonization was made during the Stone Age Period. Ancient remains have been found close to Helgea as well as near Vesljunga Lake and in Kylen (small village north east of Visseltofta). During the Bronze Age- and early Iron Age Period more people probably lived in the area - for example we have three great man made stone grave mounds dating from this period. During the late Iron Age, because the climate was colder etc., the population decreased and people left for the more moderate areas in north central and south central Sweden. The Visseltofta area was most likely de-colonized around 900-1000 or just a very small population used large land areas for extensive agriculture (grassland).
The medieval age is almost an unknown period with just a few written sources about Visseltofta. Most of the villages in the parish seem to have been established but some of the smallest probobly was colonized first around 1400 - 1500 when settlers’ increased. The century between 1600-1700 was a dark period. The former owner of Scane, Denmark, fought with Sweden. Many battles took place near Visseltofta and the surrounding area along the then Danish - Swedish border. In 1658 the peace treaty in Roskilde (Denmark) was made and since that time Skane has belonged to Sweden. Peace lasted several years when a new period of war broke up which resulted in much suffering and many deaths.
Since 1500-1600 Visseltofta has had 23 small villages (mostly with three to four farmers with familys). The population finally regained that of 1600 in the mid 1800's. Many left Sweden at this time for the more densely populated cities as well as Denmark and Australia. But by far the greatest number of emigrants left for North America. Today Visseltofta district (old parish) has around 450 inhabitants. Many Danes and Germans visit the area in the summertime.
Hanavra Twin Mills
In the summer times our Twin Mills (see pictures below) is a great place to visit for a Swedish fika (your own picnic). Please contact us by phone or via mail to arrange tours for your groups. We can accommodate groups up to 30 people. Fredrik Hellman +46709679310. Welcome!
Visseltofta Village Hall -
Today our association still owns the old school house - now called Visseltofta Hembygdsgård. The building is used for the same purpose, a great meeting place. There´s a lot of other associations in the area using it and it´s also possible for common people to rent the house. Two large rooms, one with a little scen, kitchen and toilets. Porcelain and other kitchen equipment for up to 70 persons is provided (see picture above).