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If you love rural tourism, you will love this place, which name is really hard to even spell - but here is the name: Žemaitė Memorial Museum, Bukantė Manor Homestead
Located in the Zemaitojos national park, district of Plunge, Lithuania. As usually we discovered this place by accident, making our trip to Vilnius, after making stops at Mosedis Catholic church and Idol Hill near Salantai we followed some God knows what road signs and found ourselves at this lovely Lithuanian farmstead/ museum
Bukantė village is known in Lithuania as the place of birth of the writer Žemaitė. Presently homestead was reopened (2012) and reconstructed with new expositions which offer:
- New exposition of writer`s belongings;
- Exposition of wooden art of S. Riauba;
- Cross-works. Folk art exposition of region Plungė.
If you are fond of wooden architecture - you will enjoy it.
Zemaite Memorial Museum
Žemaitė (literally female Samogitian) – a pen name of Julija Beniuševičiūtė-Žymantienė; 4 June [O.S. 23 May] 1845 in Bukantė near Plungė – 7 December 1921 in Marijampolė) was a Lithuanian/Samogitian writer. Born to impoverished gentry, she became one of the major participants in the Lithuanian National Revival. She wrote about peasant life in the style best described as realism.
Birthplace of Lithuanian writer Zemaite
Žemaitė wrote about peasants in a vernacular that closely resembled the language spoken by them – lively and rich in vocabulary. Her works are usually dark as she depicts poverty, materialism, and arguments within a family. The author paints natural images of everyday life with petty conflicts, lively conversations, impoverished surroundings, and beautiful nature. She does not offer any explanations, theories, or suggestions. Even though born to a gentry family, she did not describe gentry life as it was foreign and unfriendly to her. She wrote the best works in 1896–1898.
Learn more: Žemaitė Memorial Museum, Bukantė Manor Homestead