The Ethnographic Museum of the Wood
The Ethnographic Museum of the Wood is housed in an old renovated barn in the small village of Orgia; its main purpose is to collect and pass on the testimonies related to life and human activities in the area.
The forest and sharecropping are therefore the central themes in this sort of "museum of memory" inspired mainly by the life and culture of the people who lived in Orgia and its surroundings a few decades ago. Farmers, woodcutters and charcoal burners are, in fact, the real protagonists of the stories and documents collected in the exhibition spaces of this very particular structure which also makes use of an educational laboratory and a circuit of paths that cross the surrounding woods. The first section of the museum is dedicated to the forest and its link with emotions. The next one, on the other hand, presents the territory by illustrating its signs, traces of settlements and productive activities, thanks to a collection of tools, oral sources and archive images.
Upstairs there is also a rich collection of objects of peasant culture that refer to life on farms and the duties of sharecroppers and woodcutters. Most of these finds, donated by the inhabitants of Orgia, are part of the private collection that formed the initial nucleus around which the ethnographic museum was formed and evoke stories of a world that has now disappeared. The museum is also connected to a network of paths that, through the Val di Merse, offers visitors a path along the traces of the peasant presence, chestnut processing and past professions linked to the environment and the seasons: woodcutters, charcoal burners, the coachmen.