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The main building of the Vesilahti Local History Museum is Svartmark, a former croft of the Laukko manor, which was originally on the border between Vesilahti and Tottijärvi. In the early 1980s, the museum was transferred to its present location in Vesilahti’s Narva, on the road Ylä-Narvantie. Since then, many other buildings have been brought to the site. The buildings in the Vesilahti Local History Museum have cultural and historical significance, as they originate from a rather small area and represent local traditions there. The museum is owned and managed by the Vesilahti Museum Society.

In addition to the main building, the site of this local history museum has two storehouses, a barn, a cooking hut, a smoke sauna, a croft, a tannery, a drying barn with a horse-powered threshing machine, a church boat shed, and a tar pit with hut. Through abundant artefacts, mainly donated by farms in Vesilahti, the museum vividly depicts the life of crofters and small-scale farmers in the 19th century.

The second Saturday of August each year is a day for celebrating Vesilahti’s heritage at the museum: work demonstrations, traditional games, and a market are held. The day also includes an open-air dance in Narva’s nearby Iskelmälava dance pavilion. Since 1965, the museum has organised, in co-operation with the youth association Tähti, the Narva Fair in Vilkinaro. The museum’s atmospheric farm milieu can also be visited outside the hours when it is staffed; then, information can be found on signs.

Some nearby sights that are worthy of mention are the First World War trenches and the dugout on the hill Hurskasvuori, renovated in Narva by volunteers. Admission to the area is free of charge, and picnicking facilities are available.


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