Kirsti

The homemuseum Kirsti shows how people lived in Old Rauma from the early 1900s to 1970s.

Kirsti is a typical Old Rauma house: the irregular site was built in such a way that the main building is facing the street while the outhouses circle the other edges of the site. The yard, which is surrounded by these buildings and a fence, appears strictly enclosed. In Kirsti the yard is divided into “a man yard” which leads to the dwelling-house and sheds and into “a cattle yard” through which one may go to the cowshed and the stable. Until the beginning of the 20th century there were two sheds in the yard. The outhouse used to be a low single-storeyed building; nowadays it consists of a cowshed and a stable with a hay loft above it. There is also a well in the yard which used to be one of the best in the area.

The main building of Kirsti is an example of the eighteenth century style of building. Documents indicate that it is from the beginning of the century and lived in by 1732.

The site shows the long history of living and building in Rauma. Kirsti belonged to the same family over 200 years before it was acquired by the museum in the 1970s. Since the 1800s, seamen and craftsmen used to live in Kirsti. Up until the early nineteenth century Kirsti was a wealthy household and had shares in ships, which, as many other ships of Rauma, sailed to Denmark and Germany exporting wooden vessels, dippers etc.

New owners inherited the house through the female line (from the mother to the daughter), which had an effect on the wealth of the household. Farming had long been a means of extra income for Kirsti people as it was for many other inhabitants of Rauma. Kirsti had its own fields and barns outside the town. Also there were two drying barns. In the cowshed there was room for three cows and in the stable for two horses. Besides that, there used to be a small pigsty.  Another important source of income for people in Rauma has been lacemaking and the women living in Kirsti have been well known for their lacemaking skills since the 1700s.