Vitterhetsakademien owns and manages five historic buildings and sites: Rettig House in Villagatan in Stockholm, Stjernsund Castle in Närke, Skånelaholm Castle in Uppland, the villages of Stensjö in Småland and Borg on Öland, and the ruins of Gråborg and the Chapel of St Knut, also on Öland.
Vitterhetsakademien’s historic buildings and sites reflect Sweden’s changing history and social realities: a middle-class home from the turn of the last century, a former royal castle unchanged since the 1850s, a country mansion with a large collection of Swedish folk art, a Småland village with a historic layout and a living tradition of agriculture and forestry, and an Öland farm with the ruins of a castle and a medieval chapel.
All Vitterhetsakademien’s historic buildings and sites are open to visitors.
Vitterhetsakademien’s mission for Borg and Stensjö is to ensure the preservation and use of the village buildings and traditional agricultural landscape. The land is farmed as it was in the nineteenth century, with no pesticides and artificial fertilisers, shallow ploughing, and grazed by traditional breeds such as Swedish Red Polled cattle, Rya sheep, and Hälsinge sheep, which keeps the landscape open. Pre-industrial farming methods are key to the preservation of habitat and species, and show future generations how Sweden’s peasants used to live.
Stjernsund Castle and Skånelaholm Castle, magnificent buildings furnished with the art of the old elites, were shaped by the strongly hierarchical communities that lived there.
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