Here, at Riuttalan Talonpoikaismuseo in Karttula, Kuopio wide floorboards creak of history and the locals tell a variety of stories of the past generations, what was it like before – some I believe are true, some with a little spark of imagination. The Riuttala Farmhouse Museum’s rustic peasant atmosphere has remained intact, and as a historical wholeness, and it’s distinctive architecture provide a great Finnish attraction.
The heart of the museum comprises an original farmstead dating back to the 19th century. There are over 20 buildings and around 1,400 catalogued original artefacts.
The windmill, built in 1847, is the farm’s oldest building.
Riuttala was chosen to represent the Finnish countryside and the rural way of life at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900.
It’s amazing how much you can learn about your own heritage, traditional Savonian peasant life and its history by just driving along beautiful country roads to Riuttala, about 40km from Kuopio. I highly recommend, its a true journey to a Finnish rural way of life in the 19th-century.
Can you guess what this machine above is?
Pyykki-Maija – A washing machine.
The Dining Room is the heart of the house.
Wooden mug for buttermilk – two men sitting across from each other would share it.
In the early 20th century the loom was brought to the dining room during the warm summer months.
Many, many questions arose while walking and admiring the buildings and their original artefacts and luckily for me, there were not only my parents and my grandmother but also a lot of locals who happily told me the stories behind each item, without forgetting all the little details. Through these people shone a genuine love for this historic farm and its culture, and at the same time, a concern for its uncertain future due to financial difficulties.
We visited Riuttala Farmhouse Museum during the Rye Harvest Festival, you can read about it here.
Riuttalantie 719, 72100 Karttula, Finland | +358 (0)50 5954 183 | website