In 1922 the school principal Aron Stenvall was the first person in Pargas to suggest that artifacts that pertain to local folk culture should be collected and displayed at the “lodge”. The lodge had been purchased the same year as a place of gathering by the local Pargas-division of the international I.O.G.T. Order.
The building was once part of the Parsby Södergård homestead and from 1894 onward the building was used as a school until it was purchased by the Order. The Local History Association of Pargas was founded in 1928, and the collections transferred to the newly formed association. The Order retained the ownership of the lodge until 1990 when it was donated to the Local History Association and became the main building at the museum hill.
Annual exhibits are arranged at the lodge and the building houses a museum shop, offices, and a kitchen.The green tile stoves in the building are made by the famous Fortuna factory in Nagu.
When the building was in active use by the I.O.G.T, order there was also a caretaker living in the house together with his family. The family lived in the back of the building. The caretaker, Teodor Jonasson was also an active collector and the collections grew rapidly through his contributions.
The green tile stoves in the building are made by the famous Fortuna factory in Nagu.
The caretaker Teodor Jonasson and his family.