The Rundila cottage

The cottage orginally stood North of the Pargas church and it had to be moved to the museum in the 1950s as the church cemetary needed to expand. The cottage was inhabited up to the 1940s and the current interior represents the early 1900s. As oil lamps gradually replaced the open and quite smoky stove which was important for illumination, the walls and the ceilings in the cottage could be painted. The use of carpets and other textiles became more common in cottages during this time.

 

 

In the mid room by the entrance there is a small shoemaker´s workshop to remind of the shoemaker Johan Strandblom who lived and worked in the house.The glass sphere over the working table is known as "cobbler's eyes". It was filled with water or spirit and used to reinforce lightning and concentrate the light of a candle to the project at hand.

 

 

At the other end of the cottage a school from the beginning of the 20th century has been set up to represent the educational system in Pargas.