The Verla Mill Museum is situated by the Verlankoski rapids in Valkeala, about 30 kilometers from the city centre of Kouvola.
The very first Verla mill was opened in 1872 but it was destroyed in a fire. The present decorative redbrick buildings date from the 1890's. They have been a museum since 1972.
The main Verla product was white board made from spruce. Products were exported even to South America.
You can visit the mill building only with guided tours (in Finnish each hour on the hour, other languages by arrangement). The mill village can be visited independently (on your own). There are nice boutiques and a beautiful garden in the mill area.
Remember to see also the Verla rock painting, which is about 7,000 years old. It is situated just above the mill rapids, about 200 meters from the mill building. Painted on the vertical rock face are eight mooses, three human beings and an angular figure, perhaps a snake. The rock painting has overall length of six meters and a height of 1.6 meters. The painting represents the oldest stratum of Finnish rock art, mainly of the Comb Ceramic period ca 4200-2000 B.C. This rock painting is the largest of its kind in the area and ranks among the most notable Finnish rock paintings.
You can stay overnight in cottages (built in the late 19th and early 20th century) once inhabited by Verla mill workers or later holiday cottages once owned by Kymi industry.
Remember to visit Repovesi National Park on the same way when you come to Verla.
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