Fredrika Wetterhoff and Inkala Manor

Sisters Fredrika and Rosina were ten years old when they moved into Inkala Manor with their parents. The girls had many fun games and diversions around Inkala.

"There are stories that say the girls around springtime used to make little watermills in Kivijoki, which was what children used to do in strong streams. At the time there was a white arched bridge going going over the river, and later in summer the nearby meadow had the best forest strawberries." says Inkala Manor hostess Leila Ylitalo.

The girls were quick to use their imagination.

"Once, the girls were dressed in their best dresses, as there were guests coming to visit. The girls got bored waiting, and had the idea to go into the manor byre. The byre had several cows standing by their troughs. The girls had the idea to try riding a cow. The both climbed onto a cow, but the cows were unimpressed and dropped both of them off their backs – right into the gutter. Their mother wasn't particularly pleased seeing the results. It was lucky no one got hurt."

In Inkala Manor you can see Fredrika's time for yourself, through a play. The actress Henna-Maija Alitalo portrays Fredrika Wetterhoff in her authentic setting. These popular and well-liked performances can be reserved in advance from Inkala Manor. 



  • Pioneer in crafts education, founder and manager of the Vocational College.
  • Fredrika Wetterhoff was 10 years old when her father, Chief Justice Georg Adolf Wetterhoff brought his family to Inkala Manor from Helsinki. 
  • Already as a young girl, Fredrika was strong-willed and willing to learn. She was interested in tasks that weren't traditionally considered female. For example, she learned Finnish on her own and started schooling the manor workers' children in her room.
  • Fredrika started the women's crafts and vocational college in Hämeenlinna in 1885, which would soon become an educational trendsetter. 
  • Fredrika was ahead of her time in her equal treatment of noble and common ladies.


Sources: The Biographical Centre of Finland and the Frederika Wetterhoff Foundation