The valley with the wild river
People have lived in Marnardal since the stone-age. All through the ages nature has provided ample means for hunters and farmers to survive here. Some also became rich and wealthy. According to legends, kings and chieftains have lived in the valley. Alongside farming; timber, sawmills and salmon fishing brought wealth to Marnardal's inhabitants. A popular commodity was smoked and salted salmon that was shipped to Copenhagen.
Until 1850, people would meet at Heddeland fair several times a year to buy and sell, strike up deals and settle public business.
the 1900 has been dominated by the building of the railway, industrialization and commuting.
Marnardals population is at present 2200. Its people are looking to the future, but are also bound to their traditions. The surrounding environment is important to them.