Nedre Sevle - later Sevletunet - an ancient familiy farm with an exciting history, is a good example of a Norwegian historical landmark. The farm is one of the oldest in the area. Both the storehouse on pillars and the old barn are protected by the antiquarian authorities. The farm has been awarded the medal of approval "Olavsrosa" by the national cultural foundation, Norwegian Heritage, for the historical environmental quality which the place represents. "Olavsrosa" is awarded after strict evaluation with emphasis on the product's cultural and historical values, how they are preserved and how they are presented for the public.
For its logo Norwegian Heritage has chosen the St. Olav's Rose, an ancient magical symbol for protection and the keeping of a secret. The Rose is supposed to be the symbol of what binds together our unwritten history and our own time - it embraces the global perspective and the historical landscape, both literally and metaphorically. The cultural monuments are non-renewable resources. And so our emblem stands for the combination of development and protection in modern society.
Two-storied log house at Sevletunet (Sevleloftet)
Sevletunet has a two-storied log house, a storehouse on pillars, erected in a typical midieval building tradition. The log house's original character is preserved. There are only thre log houses of this kind nationwide, and all of them are situated here in this district, Nore and Uvdal, in Numedal. In the book “Stave and Log Construction in Norway”(“Stav og laft i Norge” (Bugge-Nordberg-Schulz, 1984)) it says:
"As type this two-storied log house points far back in Norwegian history, towards the royal halls of the Viking Age." Sevleloftet - is regarded by experts as one of the finest examples of storehouses to be found in Numedal and in the country, and of "joiner's art" in Scandinavia.
The barn (Sevlelåven).
The barn is from 1632 and is one of two oldest preserved barns in Norway.
Both Sevleloftet and Sevlelåven are scheduled as ancient monuments, both having medieval elements in them. People have, however, been living on the place long before medieval time. This is indicated by findings from the early Iron Age.
THE HISTORY AND THE PEOPLE:
A couple of hundred years ago this farm was the scene of great drama....
The story about the freeholder of the farm, the Sevle boy, is more exciting than any detective novel. . He was kind to the people who were even poorer than him, but he was desperate because of economic problems so he did a stupid thing…..
No guests leave the farm without having been offered the story told by the hostess. A story theater is also developed.
After the incident with the Sevle boy, his family had to move from the farm, and the present landladie's ancestors settled here (1837). The family who lives here today are the 5th generation.
In the main house the present hostess' (Gro's) grandmother (also Gro) had a telephone station, a post office and lived there with her family - all in the same house. She had 4 children and became an early widow. Among other things she had to carry water from the well... In the spring they went to the mountain farms, she loved that. They stayed there till autumn.
About her people say that she was as kind to poor as to rich, even the gipsies (who most people feared) had a refuge here... No matter how busy she was, no one could pass the house without beeing called for: "Come on in for a nice chat, the coffee is just being made..."