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Sjøgata Street in Mosjøen - The Cultural Workshop


Sjøgata Street is a living history book. In 1866 Mosjøen got its Clondyke. A large sawmill ("The English Sawmill") was established, and Mosjøen became a melting pot for English timber merchants, Norwegian foresters, Sami floaters, Swedish mountain farmers occupied by exchange and tailors bringing impulses from London and Paris. Today the English timber merchants have vanished, but the buildings are still living witnesses of the past. Sjøgata Street with piers, storehouses, boathouses, shops and dwellings with their different annexes constitutes a picturesque part of Mosjøen. With its 100 buildings Sjøgata Street is the largest concentration of listed wooden houses in Norway. The street is full of restaurants, art galleries, art and pottery workshops, pubs and a wharf for visiting boaters, all fitting in between the distinctive old residential houses. At Jacobsen's Wharf you can visit the exhibitions "The Old Mosjøen", "The Forest and its People" and "Café Culture in Mosjøen". The Cultural Workshop is an essential part of Sjøgata Street. It was established by the trader Jacob C. Jacobsen in 1862, and was in its time the biggest and most prosperous business premises in Mosjøen. Today the house is a well-known and popular meeting place among inhabitants and visitors.


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