Cultural heritage

The settlement of the Tuhala region is known to date back more than 3000 years. Findings in the area include ancient settlements, small-pitted sacred rocks, cairns, ancient fields, refuges and sacred places. The water from the spring of Tammiku was used to heal eye problems by both locals as well as people from further afield. The water of the Möllu spring in Sõmeru had a healing effect and there have been reports of monetary sacrifices. Even today, people leave ribbons at the Möllu spring. Heinasoo, which is located between the Tuhala Church and the manor park, is known to be the location of the oldest corduroy road in Estonia, dating back to the 3rd or 4th century. In the 19th century, a winter road for the men of Mahtra ran through bogs and forests between the Nõmme and Sagri tavern.
According to folklore, the Witch’s Well starts to boil when the witches of Tuhala are soaking themselves in the well.

A landscape view of a river with springs
Veetõusme springs. Photo: Marko Vainu