"Sea iron, workers and wartimes" Möhkö by gubbi1

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It was during my stay in Petkeljärvi when I heard about the small village of Möhkö, close to the russian border. In fact it is the most eastern village of Finland. People told me that in Möhkö it is possible to visit old iron works. Maybe you have been around some other of my pages, so you might have noticed that I am interested in these kind of things. Therefore I continued my roadtrip to Möhkö after a splendid hike in the Petkeljärvi National Park, which is only about 10 km away.
Arriving in Möhkö you will see the museum on the right. It is located in a mansion within an assembly of houses which used to be part of the iron works. Inside the museum I first heard that the iron ore being collected and processed in the past was sea iron, and Möhkö was an important supplier to the wider region in its high times. Sea iron is a deposite in the lakes and oceans developing in certain conditions. Another part of the museum is a sad one. It explains the history of the finnish-russian wars and their impact on the people living in the region. Things of soldiers of both sides that were found in the area are shown to the visitor making him realize that there were no mashines fighting, but humans. Also when hearing that Möhkö had to be evacuated several times for weeks, it pictures well the suffering of the civilians.

After watching the mansion you can have a look at the nearby building in which an exhibition explains how the working people lived and did their work. For an iron furnace much energy is needed, in that time in the form of wood. Forest work was important.

Now you can continue through the parklike area to see the smith, bathhouse and some more ruins of buildings, before visiting the old blast furnace.
On the other side of the road, opposite of the mansion, you can have a look at the new iron blast furnace. Unfortunately also this furnace like the other one is only left as a ruin, but in the exhibition in the mansion you have seen a model of it. You will be able to figure it out.

Inside the mansion you will also see how the rich owner of the iron works lived. It is quite impressive. Due to the detailed decorations you will probably also have the feeling that someone actually lives here. Have a look at the walls, in some rooms there are newspapers found under the wallpaper. Quite interesting when seeing the date of its publishing...

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  • Pros:Interesting industrial and war history
  • Last visit to Möhkö: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated Oct 5, 2011
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