Fagervik ironworks – second post in my series of Finnish rapids. Besides beautiful rapids Fagervik has interesting history and it has played important role in the Finnish industrialization.
Fagervik is located in Inkoo
Fagervik is located in Inkoo by the rapids that flows from Lake Bruksträsket (Ruukkijärvi) to the Baltic Sea. Fagervik ironworks was founded in 1646, when Carl Billsten, a Stockholm merchant, had permission to build a blast furnace along the Inkoo River.
Like other ironworks in the Southwest Finland, Fagervik was part of the Swedish iron industry, which in the 17th century had a leading position in Europe.
Fagervik is Finlands most cohesive and representative pre-industrial ironworks
Fagervik is Finlands most cohesive and representative pre-industrial ironworks. The building stock of the ironworks area includes exceptionally representative sites: iron industry buildings, Fagervik manor, the private church and cemetery area, a French garden, an English-style landscape park and extensive nature park, as well as old blacksmiths cottages.
Fagervik ironworks has a long history in a strategically important place as Kings road from Turku Castle to Vyborg Castle passes through the ironworks. Honored guests including King Gustav III of Sweden and Emperor Alexander I of Russia have spent the night in Fagervik (link to a document showing f.e. the Kings room in Fagervik manor).
Finlands first potatoes were grown in Fagervik
In the mid 1720’s the blacksmiths working on the factory brought the potatoes from Germany to Finland and so started potatoes way to Finns dining tables.
Besides potatoes in Fagervik has been growing lemons, grapes, orchids and mulberry trees. Nowadays the Fagervik estate is modern production unit within agriculture and forestry. There is a museum and cafe, which are open during summer. You can find more info HERE.
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