Take a walk in the past
South Langeland’s Skovsgaard Manor has three permanent exhibitions plus temporary Art Exhibitions in the estate’s handsome manor house which was built in 1889.
How did the gentry and their domestic servants live in the 18 and 19 hundreds?
In this exhibition, situated in the manor house, you can feel history all around you. Explore the impressive sitting rooms, visit the estate owner’s office and seen the “dumbwaiter” a small food elevator that linked the servants working downstairs in the cellars with the gentry living the good life upstairs.
The exhibition in the cellars clearly shows the contemporary divisions in society. Here lived around 40 servants in small, cold rooms, only a few meters from the kitchens where they spent most of their days.
The cellars provide a huge contrast with the upper floors where the gentry lived. Here you can visit Thyra’s, Ellen Fugledes mother, bed room with it adjoining dressing room, access to the tower room and a fantastic view over the manor house’s moat.
The carriage and farmwagon museum at Skovsgaard
In the former horse stables you can see both the gentry’s fine carriages and the farm wagons used by the agricultural workers in their daily work. The exhibition also includes a bakers wagon, a bridal carriage and a number of sledges used for transport during the winter.
Have you ever wondered what children played with 100 years ago? Here you can also find a large collection of children’s toys from around 1900. These toys once belonged to Ellen Fuglede, Skovsgaard’s last owner.
See veteran tractors and farm machinery
In one of Skovsgaard’s old barns “Langeland’s Tractor and Farm Machinery Society” exhibits a collection of tractors and machinery that now represents a bygone era in farming history. The society also has a workshop where members can restore and repair old machinery.
All the machines exhibited here have been used in Denmark and are at least 40 years old.