Peetri was considered to be Järva County’s granary
The surroundings of Peetri are the granary of Järva County. Here is the land where even in the period of worst drought grain is lushly growing and in good times it stands as a wall being taller than a man. So it was written in textbooks and this knowledge was given in village schools to our grandfathers and their fathers.
Although the collectivization and artificial fertilizers moved the bread field locations in Järva County still the thickest humus layers are here and Kareda parish with its center in Peetri carries with proud the grandness and reputation of former Peetri parish.
Great farms and villages rose next to the cornfields. Among them Kareda line village which is in its old and dignified manner observable to date was mentioned already in the 13th century Livonian chronicle. Local houses, Granaries, stables, dwellings, roads and stone walls are landscape features of Kareda and important part of Järva folklore. Even the narrow strips of pastures and meadows of the old farms have been preserved.
However not only the fertile soils and mighty forests are Kareda parish’s richness. Here is one of the largest and smallest springs; the clear and fast running Esna River begins in the village Esna. From many places could be found the proud witnesses of the last ice age – hulky stones from Finland and Sweden brought here on the back of a glacier. So stands one granite hulk with a perimeter of 15,7 meters on Öötla villages Koidu farms field. It’s known as a Koidukivi (Dusk stone). Another one lays on Ammuta villages Vainukivi farms land. Between Ämbra and Kareda village there are lots of stones with a perimeter of half a meter up to meter and half like sowed onto the valley.
Region is characterized by the abundance of field stone that has given to the local people the opportunity to build stone fences, many of which still are seen in our landscapes.
* As well as from Ammuta village you’ll find a small artificial lake from Esna village, which offers, in addition to illustrating the nature, a possibility to swim.
* There is a karst area in the surroundings of Ammuta village on an area of 7 square kilometers and you can sum up 26 karst hollows. This karst area is passed by a five meter high limestone terrace.
* Erik Laid’s book “Estonia’s ancient sites” published in 1923 informs us about an ancient hillfort in Öötla bog. There have been some findings of bones and weapons during the gravel excavations in the area.