(1) Eko Manor and park

Today the Eko Manor (Echo Manor) houses the Itä-Häme adult education college. The old main house was destroyed by fire in 1923. The present yellow building was rebuilt the same year, designed for use as the main building of the college. The red buildings on both sides of the main building date from the 18th century. The park with its gazebo and old small-leaved limes (Tilia cordata),  oaks (Quercus robur), maples (Acer platanoides) and larch (Tamarack) groves exemplifies


the traditions of the rural nobility. The larches were planted in the park; they do not grow naturally this far to the north. The park is surrounded on the south by a tall row of Swedish fir trees which were planted in the 1930s. Notice how different the bark of these firs is compared to the ordinary firs around! After some unauthorized logging in 2015 the park is a sad sight in 2016.
The sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta), a yellow-flowering herb, grows in the yard of the college by the orchard to the left of the main building. A rare visitor to the Tavastland, its seeds probably came with the seeds of clover or hay. In the spring you can admire white and yellow wood anemones  (Anemone nemorosa and Anemone ranunculoides) and lungwort (pulmonaria obscura) in the park, and in the summer greater meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium), which is a rare wild plant, probably introduced here as a garden plant.

The name of the manor, Echo, in the Hartolan dialect “Iekkuu,” refers to the exceptional auditory conditions in the area. For instance speech between the Hotel Linna  and the red building on the right can be heard surprisingly loudly in unexpected places.

Pystyhanhikkeja Itä-Hämeen opiston pihassa
Eko Park is the only place in Hartola where the sulphur cinquefoil blooms

White wood anemones in the Eko Park