Vanha Kilkkilä is a traditional southern savolax farmhouse near mainroad 5.
Distance to Mikkeli is 27 km , to Juva 15 km, to Savonlinna 75 km and to Helsinki 250 km.
We have a lovely country garden, cafe and contemporary art exhibition to visit in the summertime.
The admission fee to the garden is 5€ for adults, children for free.
Open only in the summertime
wednesday-sunday 10-17 (closed mondays and tuesdays)
There are many prehistoric signs of living until Scandinavian stoneage to middleage for example in Kappelinpelto area (about 500 metres from Vanha Kilkkilä). In Kappelinpelto there’s been an orthodoc chappel until 1300-1400.
Finland was part of Swedish kingdom at 1700’s when the King was fighting constantly all over the Europe. The taxes got too heavy and the farmers started rebellion called Nuijasota. When the King’s men had won the poor rebellionists the souldiers revenged by burning down farms and villages. It’s a local legend that this was the way Tuhkala village got it’s name – ’burnt to ashes’.
Vanha Kilkkilä has been farmed as early as 1561. The family Kilkki after whom the farm was named came here 1755. The farm was a middlesized farm at early 1900’s. When the last member of Kilkki family died at the beginning of 1980’s the farm was abbandoned. The current owners moved in 2000.
As traditionally, all the buildings had been located as a circle to keep the cattle safe in the middle from wolfes and bears.
The mainhouse is a typical savolax wooden countryhouse made of big logs. It has been mainly the same since 1853. The farm has been inhabited already 1750 but the previous periods are unknown.
The other remaining buildings are the big storehouse (aitta) for grain and meet on the left side of the mainhouse, the stable (talli) where horses, carriages and sledges were kept on the right and the old sauna and the small shed (liiteri) for firewoods on the opposite of the mainhouse.
The big cattleshield (navetta), sheds, barns and blacksmith’s shed (paja) no longer exists.
The fields have been farmed organically for more than 30 years.