The Museum of History and Folklore in the municipality of Karlovassi was established in 1994. Its exhibits cover a chronological period which spans from 1870 to 1955 and essentially combine elements of both agricultural and urban folklore.
Given the fact that by the beginning of the 20th century, in Karlovassi, there already existed a thriving and pioneering upper middle class which arose through the local leather and tobacco industry, while at the same time the elements of rural culture continued to exist and function, the visitor to the museum is able to catch glimpses of both worlds. one can see next to the loom, the hand made textiles, the “sofra” (low wooden table where farmers would take their meals sitting on the floor), the kneading trough, the farming tools, porcelain items of great value, wood-carved mirrors and sofas and impressive garments worn by the affluent ladies of the town.
The continuous effort of the Museum of History and Folklore to offer the visitor a more authentic image of the place as well the message it aims to convey to the public is reflectected in the words of French writer Dan Francis: “To speak of the people of yesterday means that one also loves the people of today because a memory is a reflection and a shadow is a projection.”
(The text was written by the director of the museum Anastasia Kontorouda, anthropologist.)