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Tolli - Vilsandi turismitalu

History

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The Tolli homestead is the oldest settlement on the island of Vilsandi. In 1703, a ship ran upon the rocks near the Vilsandi and hence captain Johann Doll together with his wife stayed on the island. They were hired as the overseers of the hayfields of the L├╝manda Manor. In 1752, Czarina Yelizaveta freed a widow Berta Doll from the serfdom and from that moment, the Dolls were a free Estonian family.

In 1809, there were 4 homesteads and 9 fishermen's lodges on the island. In 1939, there are 32 homesteads and 170 inhabitants. Most of them escaped to Sweden during the great war in 1944. The current proprietors of the Tolli tourism farm live also in Sweden.

The local life has always been tied to the sea and seafaring. Many local men have become captains. The men of the Tolli homestead were always shipwrights and captains. This history can be seen on the pictures on the walls of the main house.