When you visit Barono vila you will come to know more than only a modern and well-developed homestead; but also the stories and legends woven in its walls and the surroundings.
As far back as in 1919, our ancestors worked the land and had their homes built on the hill, on the outskirts of Butėnai village. Our grandfather was a respected elder of Butėnai village. Once the World War II was over, his son, Povilas (Briedis (the Moose)) joined the guerrilla war; his family was deported to Siberia and scattered; houses and the large garden were destroyed.
We came here from the city, after the restoration of Lithuania’s Independence, restored our rights to the grandparents’ land and started living here. In 1991, we started developed the homestead on an empty land plot, near the forest. And 50 years after the destruction, there were again: new buildings standing, a new pond excavated, and a new garden started.
The history of the old homestead is preserved in the nearby mature forest, mossy stones, old photos, and in our hearts. In the memory of the old homestead, there is a Lithuanian Pensive Christ resting on the hill.
The family history is very important to us, because it has made us what we are today and what we can be proud of.