The first known owner of Stora Väsby manor was Knut Karlsson (1485-1506). The Kurck noble family sold in to industrialist Emanuel de Geer in 1668. The present manor of Stora Väsby was completed around 1760 based on the design of Carl Hårleman. It is one of the best preserved Rococo-style buildings in Uppland.
Next to the castle is a Baroque-style park, which was built in the 1600s. The park was symmetric with hedgerows, trees and three ponds. Today Stora Väsby houses offices and residential apartments.References:
The Old Town in Aarhus, Denmark (Den Gamle By), is an open-air town museum consisting of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. In 1914 the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen.
The museum buildings are organized into a small town of chiefly half-timbered structures originally erected between 1550 and the late 19th century in various parts of the country and later moved to Aarhus during the 20th century. In all there are some 27 rooms, chambers or kitchens, 34 workshops, 10 groceries or shops, 5 historical gardens, a post office, a customs office, a school and a theatre.
The town itself is the main attraction but most buildings are open for visitors; rooms are either decorated in the original historical style or organized into larger exhibits of which there are 5 regular with varying themes. There are several groceries, diners and workshops spread throughout the town with museum staff working in the roles of town figures i.e. merchant, blacksmith etc. adding to the illusion of a 'living' town.