Åsle Tå – The Open Air Museum

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Åsle Tå is about 10 km east of Falköping, Sweden, in the heart of the plateu lands and the 5000 year old megalithic countryside. “Tå”s settlements inhabited mainly by landless poor and the elderly, were once found in many places in Sweden. Today there is none better preserved than Åsle Tå. Today you can stroll along the picturesque lane called Tågatan.

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Åsle Tå has a café, a restaurant, a conference centre and a farm shop, which sells locally produced food and handicrafts.

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The “Tå” was used for people who didn’t have their own land, so they were allowed to build cottages on it. Maps from the early 18th century show a number of houses in the area, inhabited mainly by elderly people.

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In 1744 the first baby was born in the Tå, which indicates that younger families had started to settle there. Around 1880 there were 85 people living in 20 dwellings. 35 were under the age of 16. After the time the number of inhabitants decreased, mainly as a result of emigration to America and industrialisation. The cottages have different names which have changed with their owners.  Above and below the ‘Johannesa cottage’.  Around a dozen cottages have been preserved in their original locations.

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Views from the inside of two cottages

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An old mill called “Hägges Kvarn”

 

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