Vestfossen is a former industrial town with traditions dating back to the 16th century. At that time, the manor now known as Fossesholm became the center of a land collecting effort for the purpose of creating a large-scale sawmill industry. Later, other types of industry emerged. The most influential among them were the Vestfossen Cellulose paper mill, and the textile factory of Fredfos Uldvarefabrik. An industrial crisis which occurred around 1970 lead to the fall of these factories, and large parts of the local industrial infrastructure were unused for a long time. After the year 2000, a cultural effort has led to the establishment of several cultural institutions here, most notably the contemporary art gallery of Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium founded by artist Morten Viskum, and Vestfossen now calls itself "the capital of culture". If you're looking for the nicest place in Vestfossen there is nowhere else to go than to Gommerud. It has the prettiest countryside in Norway.