The first attempt to construct an ironworks by the untamed river in the mouth of the Svartå River with a fall of over 6 meters in 1641 did not succeed that well. During the Great Northern War (1700-1721) the works was totally destroyed, but revived by Johan Hising (later ennobled, his name changed into Hisinger) at the end of the 18th century.
Hisinger’s touch can be seen in Billnäs even today. He founded big gardens and his heritage includes a nursery garden on the grounds of an old horticultural school.
Many of the ironworks buildings originate from the end of the 18th century, and they form a nice milieu to spend a day in.
Billnäs is known internationally for many reasons, not least for the orange Fiskars scissors and their predecessors the Billnäs spades from the beginning of the 20th century. The scissors are still manufactured in the Fiskars factory located in Billnäs. The solid Billnäs furniture made of oak was produced for half a century, and is nowadays more coveted than ever.
Many events are organised in Billnäs, for instance the Antiques Fair in July and the popular Christmas market.