Virrat Heritage Village is a museum and travel destination for the whole family as well as a summer recreational area on Marttinen island, full of natural beauty. The Heritage Village is located in the immediate vicinity of Youth Centre Marttinen.
In Rajalahti House Museum and in Hali Loggers’ Cabin you can explore rural life in Virrat at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the everyday life of loggers and forest work in the 1950s and 1960s. The Heritage Village also has many other old buildings, such as stables (1820s), a smock mill (1828), a smoke sauna (1840s) and a village storehouse (1878). In addition, there is a War veteran museum presenting 20th century war history and the Canal Museum maintained by the Transport Agency.
The museums in the Heritage Village are open for groups upon request around the year.
In the summertime, events and exhibitions are organised in the Heritage Village. The area has a café-restaurant, kiosk, handcraft, gift and art shops, a playground and Herraskoski canal.
You can book accommodation, restaurant, café and programme services from Youth Centre Marttinen, and you also have free use of the beach, guest boat dock, nature path and field fortification area from World War I.
Most windmills in Virrat have been located near Southern Ostrobothnia in Kurjenkylä.
The windmill came to Europe with crusaders from the Middle East. The first windmills were built in Denmark in the 12th century, from where they spread to the rest of Europe. The first known windmill in Finland was in the Turku region in 1463. Southwest Finland and Southern Ostrobothnia were the central areas for windmills in the 16th century. From these areas, the windmills gradually spread out to inland areas.
Most windmills in Virrat were located near Southern Ostrobothnia in Kurjenkylä. The windmill in the Heritage Village is a smock mill and it was originally located in the Isoniemi estate in Kurjenkylä. The windmill was built in 1828. The mill was transported from Kurjenkylä to Lakarinharju in 1962 and from there to the Heritage Village in 1981.
Virrat Heritage Village
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Accommodation, restaurant and programme services for groups upon request.
Marttinen is one of the nine centres supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
Read more on the websites of Finnish Youth Centres Association