Apple island history
„ .... A long time ago when I was young I often walked to the mansion.
At that time nobody lived on the island but the people told stories that in ancient times there was a monastery on the island which housed crippled and disabled people as well as social outcasts.
The island was owned by a group of dukes and counts who sometimes used it for midsummer night festivals and other celebrations.“
The above was taken from the journals of the naturalist/biologist Pranciškus Baltrus Šivickis who lived in the area and later purchased this island.
Pranciškus Baltrus Šivickis was widely educated and lived by high moral standards, he was known as a hard working scientist and the founder of and a teacher at the twentieth century experimental zoological department in Lithuania.
Like most enlightened persons in his time he emigrated to the U.S. in 1905 but never broke the ties with his country of birth.
In 1928 he returned to Lithuania and started as a professor at Vytauto Didžiojo University in Vilnius which is one of the oldest in Europe.
Here he was known as a great educator and inspired his students to explore the diverse country side.
One day he discovered an advertisement in a paper about an island being for sale in the Moletai region.
In 1930 he obtained this island for both personal as well as professional purposes.
During the summer season he and his students established the base for lake fauna exploration.
On the island he built a farmhouse and a house, after that he wanted to create a comfortable environment for his family, friends and guest so he decided to start an apple garden which at one time consisted of over 100 apple trees in a variety of species from which the crops are still famous at present time.
From this day on the island was and is known as Apple Island , and the professor’s rebuilt farmhouse now houses modern facilities to accommodate camping guests from all over the world who accordingly claim that this is one of the finest camping grounds in the Baltic area.
The professor’s rebuilt professor’s house is now used as the reception building and a home for the staff of Apple Island.
Over 100 old apple trees still remain to be cared for in his legacy every year produce a vast amount of apples annually.