Mansion’s secrets – metal detecting in the historical surroundings of an 18th-century manor (3,5 hours)
A beautiful mansion on the Finnish coast offers an excellent historical setting for a metal-detecting safari.
Over the centuries, the mansion has been owned by many families, but the most interesting owner was a famous Finnish army partisan leader, captain Löfving. He fought Russian invaders using guerrilla tactics when the Russian Empire invaded Finland in 1713 and the Swedish army had to retreat. Löfving kept fighting with his men behind the enemy lines.
In 1717, Löfving met the king of Sweden, Charles XII, personally. Later, in 1736, the king granted him the mansion as a token of the kingdom’s gratitude for his bravery in the war against Russia. After his time in the military, Löfving kept farming the estate’s lands. He died at a very old age.
Did the old partisan hide any weapons or valuables after the war? What about the items he lost in the fields while farming?
The mansion’s lands offer search area, varying from fields and small forests to a water canal that leads to the Baltic Sea.
In order to respect the privacy of the owner, we disclose the name of the mansion only to those who will be participating in the safari.
Safari schedule (example)
Meeting at the Metal Safari office
We will meet at the Metal Safari office at Jokikatu 11, Porvoo. After a short introduction to metal detecting and to the ethics and rules concerning it, we will set on our trail to the mansion located in the archipelago.
At the mansion
At the mansion, we will be met by the mansion owner who will tell us a brief history of the mansion. Coffee/tea and a sweet pastry.
In the location
We will proceed to the search area. You will learn how to use an XP Orx metal detector in practice. You will learn what sounds to listen to and how to operate all the gear properly. We will also instruct you on how to use a pinpointer and give you some valuable digging tips.
After that you continue searching the area on your own. The instructor will help you if needed.
Beverages available at the car where we will check the finds.
Another searching session on your own.
We will meet back at the car. We will check all the finds and evaluate them. After that it’s time to head back to the centre of Porvoo.
Back in Porvoo for about three hours later.