It was an old industrial site, the name taken from the iron works Aadals Brug Jernstøberi og Mek. Værksted, which existed from 1828 to 1928. The paper mill Klevfos Cellulose- og Papirfabrik existed from 1888 to 1976, but is today a museum.
Edvard Munch, the painter, was born in Ådalsbruk in 1863.
- Statistics Norway (2008). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality. 1 January 2008".
- "Ådalsbruk". Aschehoug og Gyldendals Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. 2007.
- Ådalsbruk Station entry at Norsk Jernbaneklubb
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