Surroundings of Kurtuvenai are attributed to the Old Samogitia ethnographic region with dominating sole homesteads and eclectic villages scattered along forest edges and lakesides. People inhabited the surroundings of Kurtuvenai as early as the late Stone Age. Castle mounds, worshipping mounds, and burial mounds are abundant there and indicate that people lived there in Copper and Iron Ages as well.
In 15th century, a nobleman established an estate in Kurtuvenai, which reached the peak of its luxury in 18th century. In 1495, the first church was erected in Kurtuvenai and a catholic parish created.
Kurtuvėnai manor is listed as a predial cultural heritage. The complex consists of the park and its ponds, unique barn, office, horse stable, peons' houses, the house of the gardener, cowsheds, smithies and etc. This manor complex is renewing now and we are trying to adapt it fot active and cognitive tourism. The management of Kurtuvėnai Regional Park (KRPD) administrates the biggest place of the manor (14 hectares) and offers a complex tourism services.
Kurtuvėnai manor is in the crossroad of Samogitia. In the various periods of time it was ruled by famous Lithuanian nobility. Agriculture, fishery, trade, handicraft prevailed there. Soviet authority exiled to Siberia the last landlord of Kurtuvėnai and nationalized the domain. Some of the buildings collapsed, the park was wasted in the Soviet times. When Lithuania gained its independence the manor came to Kurtuvėnai rural association, later to Šiauliai forestry and at last to Kurtuvėnai Regional Park (KRPD). When the buildings and the land was focused to one holder here came the possibility to renew, keep and develop this object like solid cultural and sightseeing centre.
The renewal works of Kurtuvėnai manor started in 1993. Six buildings (the office, the barn, the house of the gardener, the horse stable, the cowsheds, the peons' house) of the manor have already been renewed and adjusted for tourism. According to historical and archaeological researches the authentic structure of the manor was reproduced: the park, the garden, parterres, the terrace of the manor, the circuit, promenades, the square, the fence, croquet field and ponds. Kurtuvėnai mound and St Jacob's stone church with its old premises built in XVIII century are nearby and complement the tourism complex.
The wooden baroque barn is the most valuable building of the manor. It is also the biggest one in Lithuania which was built by the landlords Nagurskiai in XVIIIth century. It was used as a place for the theatre and entertainment. After the fire in 2001 the barn was authenticaly rebuilt and adapted for cognitive and cultural activities.
Recreation centre, located in the office of the manor, burned in Soviet times . The office was rebuilt in 1998. The management of Kurtuvėnai Regional Park (KRPD) with the guest house is settled there. Horse riding centre locates in the stables of the manor and it has been opened since 1995. The tree-star holiday camp "Kurtuvėnai" was established in the garden of the manor in 2008. In the rebuilt gardener's house guests can find toilets, showers and a kitchen. There are volleyball, croquet, rest and children playing fields.
In the renewed poen's house there is a pub "Kryžkelė". This building was build for the czarist army's warehouses when they dig Venta-Dubysa channel in the XIXth century. In this pub you can try culinary heritage dishes which are made using old traditions: ham with honey souced in the beer, Samogitian kastinys and the carp farci with apples.
The regional park has numerous places, related to Lithuanian national movement of the junction of the 19th-20th centuries and to the events of both world wars. The most interesting object of Technical heritage is Vindava channel connecting Dubysa and Venta rivers (dug up in 1825-1831).
The Shrovetide Feast of Kurtuvenai is acknowledged as one of the most viable traditional festivals all over Lithuania. Also, other feasts take place there, such as the Festival of barn-theaters, Fire-linkup on the Girnikai hill, Midsummer Feast, and various events of the Christmas time.