Casa d'Erci is a museum of Rural Culture in Ghezzano (Borgo San Lorenzo) and was made up to document the past rural world of Mugello.
The core of the museum is an ancient farmhouse of the sixteenth century, immersed in the woods and flanked by a stream: here are displayed more than 2000 objects, accompanied by texts and images which reconstruct, in all its complexity, the culture of the sharecrop between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Inside the farmhouse you can admire the reconstructions of vintage environments, such as the bedroom, the cellar and the kitchen.
The exhibited items represent the farm activities that took place in that period, such as cattle breeding, farming, threshing, working in mills and cellars.
A particular attention is paid to houseworks such as spinning, weaving and doing the laundry, handicrafts making and other works like cobbling.
Various activities of the museum have the aim of educating through workshops for children.
There’s also a naturalistic-historical trail that winds for a mile and a half around the house: a pleasant walk in the greenery where you can admire 120 typical plants of the Apennines and where the agricultural environment has been reconstructed. As you walk through the trail you will find out what were the stages of woodworking and you can observe the model of a charcoal hut where the wood was turned into charcoal.