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Region House - Tard
The region house
Address: 3416, Tard Béke utca 55-57.
Phone number: (49) 432-903, (49) 335-053
Opening hours: 15.04-30.10.: Tue-Sun 11-17
Tard is situated to the North-East from Mezőkövesd, among the Southern stretches of the Bükk. The settlement is bordered by high slopes, that is why the inhabitants are being mocked as:

"You are Tardians, so you live between two shores.
If the two shores pressed together, your Tard would come to an end forever."
And although the slopes do not merge, waters running down from them to the valley may cause serious demages to the settlement. The comic expression 'Tardlike dew' is still listed in the vocabulary of the neighbouring villages.

Traditionally, the inhabitants of Tard can be regarded as Matyo people, but according to regional opinions these people are more likely to be a remnant of the Tatars than Matyos. The memory of the Tatar conquerers are also kept in the name of the Tatár Hill, which stands near the village. Besides, the Tardian name used for the roof of the regional house is "Tatar tent".

Zoltán Szabó's book about the situation in Tard reads as follows: "Some nearly 200-year-old houses still show the traditional way of building and roof-making in the region. The tops of these houses extend into a semi-circle, and as such widen the eaves. This can be seen on the front wall, where the bottom part contains a bench chiselled into it. It is very peaceful to be sitting around on these benches, sometimes maybe piping regardless of the rain.

The windows of these old houses are very small, the walls are very thick. Just as comely they are to the eye, so they are unhealthy to live in. They look very splendid and fit in marvelously with the environment. And to cap it all, there stands the pretty shadoof in front of the house."

The region house was probably built in the first quarter of the 19th centuary. Its special roof was destroyed at the turn of the centuary, but it was renovated in 1981. A stable was attached to it around 1910. In the 1920'ies the baking oven in the room was pulled down and a new one was built in the kitchen

Regarding its measurements, the inhabitants of the house were most probably rather wealthy, but this is cannot be said of its new owner, the Vajdavice family. That is why we set out to furnish the house in a way that can present the life and taste of the poor peasants of the 1930'ies.
Permanent exhibitions
Popular costumes of Tard
Just like the conventional architecture, the Matyó folk costume is also dying out from Tard. We can mostly see the old style shawls around the grannies' shoulder. Their children often get on the bus whilst carrying their special back-bag, but their grandchildren are wearing jeanes when running home from the school. They can only learn about those old days when the pieces of the former costume are discovered in the worn-out boxes. continue
The roofing
Entering the house we will first see the kitchen stove, then the simple metal and clay utensils cooking instruments, etc. hanging on the wall. Most part of the kitchen is occupied by the stove. Apart from baking there is not much chance for any other activities. Once in a while the kitchen also serves as the scene for family dining. continue