Carl Robert Jakobson (1841-1882)
Carl Robert Jakobson was the first Estonian well-informed farmer, politician, enlightener, journalist and one of the Estonian most beloved leaders in the Age of Awakening.
C.R. Jakobson became a farm owner in 1874. As he wished to be a role model and a teacher, he intended to build a sample farm to Kurgja. His dream was to establish a dairy industry school, which was supposed to develop into a complete sample school of agriculture. All the buildings of Kurgja Linnutaja farm (mill, cattle barn, dwelling house, beehive house, sauna, threshing barn) have been completed according to the project of C.R. Jakobson and therefore they are unique. The oldest building in Kurgja is the granary which was brought form its original place on the other bank of the river. C.R. Jakobson could be the master of Kurgja for only eight years, when his sudden death stopped the diverse work which would have been enough for several persons’ lifeworks. C.R. Jakobson is buried to the family graveyard in Kurgja. After the master’s death, the farm was maintained and its legacy was preserved by his family.
The Farm Museum of C.R. Jakobson was established in 1948 and its first director was Jakobson’s oldest daughter Linda. Buildings needing partial or complete restoration have been restored by today. The main house of the museum includes an exhibition which introduces the life and activities of C.R. Jakobson. As a new building, the threshing barn and grain dryer has been completed according to the project of C.R. Jakobson. The museum is special due to an active farm with cattle-breeding and land cultivation. Estonian country breed cows, white headed sheep, Estonian horses, rabbits, roosters, hens and turkeys are a true feast for the eye.