Nymoen Cultural Trail
Nymoen and Nymogaten are areas that were regulated for the development of workmen’s houses for the Cobalt Works workers in 1779. Several of the buildings are still standing there today. The cultural trail takes you on a tour that tells the tale of the social history of the Cobalt Works along the way.
The trail starts at the Cobalt Works, and it goes via Haugfosstråkka area, through parts of the old Nymoen residential district. On the way round, you can stop at information signs which tell you about everything from living conditions to how the school was run. Several of the buildings, including the Worker’s House and Director’s Residence, are open and contain displays.
Nymogaten was a very busy road when the Cobalt Mines were operational. Any goods or blue pigment transported to or from the Cobalt Works and Drammen came along here.
Today, many of the original homes at Nymoen have been demolished or converted into better and more modern single-family dwellings. However, some of the buildings which remain were built more than 200 years ago. Nymoen No 9 is the museum’s Worker’s House in Nymogaten. This is open to the public, and contains displays which tell you about life in the 1840s, and about the French sociologist Le Play’s extensive study of workers’ diets in 1845.
Nymoen School is another splendid building which has been restored to its original condition. Construction of the school started in 1784. This was the Cobalt Works’ first school building, and a small display tells you about the history of the school at the Cobalt Works.
One of the world’s top pigment experts, Friedrich Roscher, served as the Cobalt Works’ Technical Director from 1820 to 1840, and was responsible for the complicated production of the cobalt blue pigment. Roscher designed the elegant residence at Nyfossum with its big garden for himself and his family. The garden was not just for show; it was a practical garden with apple trees and herbs.
Now the elegant, restored Empire-style house is surrounded by a beautiful garden filled with herbs, roses, a gazebo and carp pond, and is open to the public. There is also a Storehouse Shop and kiosk. in 2017, we unveiled a new bumblebee sculpture in the garden at Nyfossum, made by Elena Engelsen. The sculpture is part of the cultural trail that you can read more about in the cowshed in the Timber Barn.
On the way back down to the Cobalt Works, you will pass the Doctor’s Farm, which is privately owned, and the Cobalt Works’ Material Manager’s Residence.