Exciting day in Rapla County
Arrival at the Punakivi Farm and farm tour. (45 minutes)
In the morning you will arrive at the Punakivi Farm in Rapla County. The farm was founded in the 18th century. The farm consists of many different buildings and here you can spot both new and old things. The farm complex comprises 6 buildings: the farmhouse with a barn, woodwork shed, granary, cellar, barn and smithy. The farm folk did agricultural, cattle-breeding and iron-forging work, hunted, kept bees, made handicraft items and probably anything and everything else that could and had to be done in those days. The farm still has many different old tools, clothes, money, toys, weapons, etc. You can also view the secret room. It is a room built between the ordinary room ceiling and the loft, allegedly used by the Forest Brothers, who were hiding from the authorities.
You will enjoy the guided farm tour with its master as he will speak about its history and how various things were used. After the tour you will be offered apple juice made right here, on the farm.
Old wool mill. (1 hour)
You will then be taken to Tamme village (10 minutes) to visit an old wool mill. The equipment may look antiquated, but it has been preserved well and is in working order. In addition to the overview provided by the mill owner, the equipment will be switched on if possible to demonstrate how, after long and complicated processing, wool is turned into yarn used to weave pullovers, socks, scarves and mittens.
Taking in the nature on the Vigala River. (1-2 hours)
You will have at your disposal a raft sauna that can easily accommodate 25 people. If there are more people, you will also have the use of the raft house. Plenty of room for all here. If you wish, many waterbikes will be attached to the raft sides and anyone will be able to jump on one of these and move on the river faster than the raft, do some independent exploring. These bikes are comfortable and completely safe. Here every turn and bend is unique. You will have plenty of sights to enjoy. The rafts also have fishing gear so anyone interested can catch some fish. Of course you can also go swimming.
Lime kiln. (40 minutes)
On the road back to the Punakivi Farm we will make a brief stop by the forest. Having walked some twenty metres into the forest, you will see a proper and excellently preserved lime kiln. It was used to treat our national stone to produce a building material from it. Lime-burning was an important source of income for manors and later also farms. Such a conical kiln, constructed from several flagstone pieces, up to ten metres in diameter, was filled with limestone bits. The kiln walls were covered with clay to ensure its fire resistance. Pieces of wood were than placed under and between the stones. The kiln burning process lasted for up to one week, then the kiln was left to cool down and the obtained lime was put into the ground for slaking (reaction when exposed to water). Slaked lime was used as a binding material in masonry prior to cement.
Folk dancing. (40 minutes)
By the time you return to the Punakivi Farm, the folk dancers will be ready to greet you there.
You will be comfortably seated in the big barn and the folk dancing party will begin. You will see folk dancers in traditional clothes from different counties performing to live music, singing old songs, playing old games and dancing old dances. During the performance the guess will also be invited to try folk dancing. This great entertainment has not left anyone indifferent yet.
Lunch. (40 minutes)
After all that merry dancing you will be offered several Estonian dishes. You will not walk away hungry as there will be mulgi (potato and barley) porridge with farm butter and rye bread, bread soup or kama (rye, oat, barley and peasemeal mixture) froth for dessert and milk, kefir and pure water from the farm well to drink. You can also taste kama and local honey on white bread. The farm master will also offer guests his special herbal tee with oat dumplings and dried bread. Coffee will be served when requested, too.
Horse-drawn cart ride. (30 minutes)
Having finished lunch, any interested guest can go on a horse-drawn cart ride. You will get the feel of how people had travelled from one place to another in the time before cars were invented.
Pakamägi hill. (30 minutes)
If you have the time and the inclination, we will drive you to Pakamägi Hill situated some 7 kilometres from the farm. The traditional belief is that this hill, situated in Raikküla village, was the location where leaders of ancient Estonian tribes gathered “to clamour” (have talks).
Once every year representatives of the local tribes convened on Pakamägi Hill to discuss common maters.
Later this hill was a crusaders’ campsite. Having reached Raikküla, the crusaders spread all across the parish. They pillaged and burned everything, killing men and taking away women and children.
According to legends, if you are lucky you can still see monks and warriors posing as priests on horseback on Pakamägi Hill.
Raikküla manor. (40 minutes)
The Raikküla Manor was for the first time mentioned in 1469. The Raikküla mansion is considered to be one of the best examples of the classicist style of architecture in Estonia. At different times such prominent persons, among others, were connected with the manor as Count Alexander von Keyserling, Karl Friedrich von Staal, Otto Wilhelm von Fersen and Otto von Bismarck. The manor was unfortunately neglected for many years and time has not been kind to it, hence its current poor condition. The current owners are determined to restore the manor to its former splendour and the first improvements are already noticeable.
We are looking forward to the experiences!